May 25, 2009


Today is Memorial day and a day to remember the more than 653,708 American lives that it has cost to keep our country free. I know that we'll be firing up the grill and tossing the football with family and friends today but take a moment to remember the blood, sweat, and tears that it took to make us great.

The reason that we have memorials is so that we will never forget who we are and the sacrifices that were made to preserve our freedom. One of the monuments that stands out most in my mind is the Marine Corps War Memorial.

On the morning of February 19, 1945, the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions invaded Iwo Jima after a somewhat ineffective bombardment lasting 72 hours. The 28th Regiment, 5th Division, was ordered to capture Mount Suribachi. They reached the base of the mountain on the afternoon of February 21, and by nightfall the next day had almost completely surrounded it. On the morning of February 23, Marines of Company E, 2nd Battalion, started the tortuous climb up the rough terrain to the top. That afternoon, when the slopes were clear of enemy resistance, the American flag was raised by five Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman.

And now standing in Washington D.C. stands one of the most moving memorials ever erected. A monument immortalizing those brave men who raised old glory on that bloody day as a symbol of our freedom.

Make sure you've built some memorials in your life; some monuments to help you remember who you are and what you stand for. A memorial to help you remember the the cost of your character, convictions, and core beliefs.

Jesus built a memorial so that we would never forget the price that was paid.
Make it your memorial today. If you haven't given your life completely to Christ, don't wait, do it now.

You'll never regret your total surrender. You don't even have to have it all figured out. Just sign a blank contract with God and let Him fill in the blanks.