Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. – C.S. Lewis
On Memorial Day, we express gratitude for the those who have made incalculable sacrifices for the greater good. We give thanks to the men and women who have served our country and put themselves in harm’s way. We honor those who have lost their lives in service to others. We mourn with those who have lost family, friends, and loved ones.
We need to sit with that heaviness, for awhile. Allow it to settle into our souls. We need to grasp — even if by the slimmest of understanding — what it means to give up a life for the benefit another. For most of us, it is unimaginable. Yet the people we honor on Memorial Day did that very thing.
Certainly liberty and freedom were purchased by the blood of these valiant servants, but let’s not forget that utltimately they laid down their lives for the benefit of others. They made an unfathomable sacrifice as an act of service to mankind. There is no greater demonstration of humility.
Our recognition of these individuals shouldn’t be limited to Memorial Day. We can show our appreciation by living with humility on a daily basis. Our sacrifices will typically pale in comparison to those we honor on Memorial Day, but I would argue there is no greater way to honor those who have paid the ultimate price. Look for ways to help others. Seek opportunities to protect the most vulnerable in our society. Care for those who are on the margins. Think of ourselves less.
God bless our veterans.