Memorial Day Tribute (Day 4)

John 15:13 

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

This week as we look forward to our long weekend, many of us look at this time of year differently than others. There are many of us that see this weekend as just another weekend with an additional day attached to it while others see it as a time to remember fallen loved one. Even still some see this as a time to remember close friends and buddies that shared the hardships of military life together battling adversity. The questions that most people ask military veterans everywhere are: Why did you join? What type of people join the military? How has it changed your life?

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1. Why did you join?

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Many people join the military for various reasons but of the reasons listed below, I don’t see where they were forced, coerced or even drafted. Our military is an all volunteer force of willing young men and women. 

  • To serve your country and protect your country’s liberty and freedom
  • Travel the world
  • Help stop terrorism
  • College education benefits
  • Get a good paying job
  • Duty and Honor for your country
  • Family Tradition
  • To improve yourself and learn new skills
  • Get a career
  • Turn your life around

II Timothy 2:3 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

2. What type of people join the military?

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After an exhaustive study and countless hours of research I find that MOST people from the military enlist in the enlisted ranks of the military. This is an unofficial analysis:

  • People from broken families
  • People from poor to middle class families
  • People from patriotic families
  • People with families containing single parents
  • People that have endured a tough life
  • Those that dislike authority 
  • Those that are seeking freedom and change
  • Those seeking a better life from what they grew up in
  • Those wanting to protect our country
  • Those that have been the victim of bullying and domestic violence

Most of these people who join the military and succeed, are often seen as undesirable from the corporate world. However, these type of people devote their lives to protect the very ones that would probably never give them a second look. 

3. How has it changed your life?

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The transition from military to civilian life for 85% of exiting military servicemen and service women has been extraordinary over the last 40 years. Colleges and universities report a 30-40% rate of increase due in part to military educational benefits. The average military member, upon initial entry, receives just under $60,000 in salary and benefits their first year and it only goes up from there. As opposed to a post graduate Master’s Degree holder earning competitively the same salary. These members of society bring intangibles to the work force like: Devotions, Dedication, Loyalty, A Strong Work Ethic, Discipline, Decisiveness to make a good decision and not second guess themselves and of course a polished and well groomed image. 

Many people see the military as those that aren’t smart enough to get into college but with over 47% of our nation’s military in traditional and online school, we are the most well educated fighting force in our history. This is why our country has been so prosperous and protected, due to those who surrender all for those of our land. Thank a vet this week. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie. 

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