Today is Memorial Day, a day of remembering those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. There are many great Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we all share. As a part of remembering those who have served, two wounded veterans were recognized for their service at yesterday’s SEC baseball tournament’s championship game. My son Logan and I attended the game. In order to avoid getting caught in the traffic after the game, we decided to leave at the bottom of the seventh inning. On the way out of the stadium, we were walking behind and then beside one of the men recognized during the game. I don’t know the man’s name because I didn’t hear the announcer when he called it, but I do know this, we could use more people like him. I say this not only because of his extraordinary service to our country, but also because of what I witnessed. As we approached the parking lot, a lady pulled up in a shuttle and asked several of us if we cared for a ride to our cars. This man declined and instead just slowly and patiently made his way to his car, not slowly and patiently because he chose only to take his time, but because his injuries gave him no other alternative. I was struck by that. I was struck by the fact that this man, who not only could have used, but also truly deserved help, politely declined to take it. Wow!
In small measure, let the sacrifice of so many made on behalf of our country serve to help us reflect on the One who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. He is Jesus Christ, whose atoning sacrifice paid the penalty for our sin for all time. So as we honor our veterans today, honor that is rightly due, remember and honor Christ for His sacrifice. He is worthy! “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).