This is my one day delayed post for my monthly input for the Christian Writer's blog chain. Every month we start a new topic and each of our writer's do their take on the same topic. Our topic this month is "celebrate." Today being July 4th is an easy day to find something to celebrate - the founding of our nation. But in today's world of instant gratification, how often do people stop and think what real sacrifices were made by our early patriots? Unlike the protestors of today who are armed with smart phones, professionally produced signs and matching t-shirts who complain about not getting enough government freebies, our forefathers had real grievances. But they weren't acting up for the press; they were willing to stake their life on their beliefs.
I wonder today how many people are willing to die for their beliefs and what they hold dear? Our military certainly believe that there are beliefs worth dying for. Many people are rabid sports fans and won't miss a game and proudly display their team’s colors; but are their favorite athletes worthy of hero worship?
Yet there are many people who are willing to put their life on the line daily - they are missionaries. These people are willing to leave their comfortable lives at home and go to help others around the world. They are willing to go without the things we think we can't do without. Here are some notes from family members who are missionaries...
Health here: Malaria, Measles...and now Cholera. The peds ward is overflowing with sick children. Pray for perseverance for the doctors and the local staff. Pray for the government payments to come through in a timely fashion. Pray for these vulnerable children to live.
The Road: In the coming weeks, construction workers will dig up our water pipes and relocate them, even if they "find" the pipes damaged. The town has outgrown the current water system. The local government does not have a good plan in place. Pray for the water engineer as he works alongside the local leaders, for the community as it will be without good water (including us!), and for the local government to step up and provide what is needed for the community to receive water.
Here we complain when we have to wait on line for a latte or when a TV show is cancelled. We think it’s our right to have the latest technology and think it’s a hardship when we don’t. We complain when our internet speed isn’t fast enough. Yet others around the world would think we were living like kings.
So today I want to celebrate the real heroes in our world – those who serve selflessly in our military so that others may have freedom. And those who serve others so that they might have the freedom of a relationship with Christ that surpasses mere human understanding.
I invite you to follow along with the posts from the other bloggers on this chain as they post their thoughts on celebrating by clicking on the links to the right of this post.