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Memorial Day is set aside as a special time to recognize and honor those who have given their very life in defense of our freedom. A freedom we should never take for granted.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Navy SEAL Adam Brown and his story as told in Fearless. If you missed that post you can read it here, but I want to share with you the impact it had on the man who wrote about Adam.

Despite the impact and magnitude of the bin Laden mission, Adam’s story stands on its own. Throughout his life he inspired scores of people, and his story has continued to change the lives of many—including mine.

He’s reminded me to appreciate every moment with my family, to be goofy rather than grumpy, to get back up no matter how hard I might get slapped down, to sometimes buy my children a cupcake when I pick up coffee in the morning but to call it a muffin “because,” as Adam would tell Savannah, “as long as you call them muffins, they’re okay to eat for breakfast.” And though I hadn’t opened a Bible in more than twenty-five years, his faith encouraged me to question my own questioning about religion.
~ Excerpted from Fearless by Eric Blehm

Adam Brown’s life and legacy could be summed up with one word: Fearless

What one word do you want people to use when describing your life and your legacy once your story on this side of the grave is complete?

Are you living living that kind of life?
© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.



Filed under Choices, Commitment, Courage, Determination, Eternity, Faith, influence with the world, Memorial Day, Sacrifice

More than one kind of civil war

This year commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. And Memorial Day first began to remember those who fought and died in that same war. Oliver North offers this description.

“Begun as a local observance in the aftermath of the Civil War, the first national commemoration took place May 30, 1868, at the direction of Gen. John A. Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Though his General Order No. 11 specified “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion” — meaning only Union soldiers — those who tended the burial sites at Arlington, Va., Gettysburg, Pa., and Vicksburg, Miss., decided on their own to decorate the biers of both Union and Confederate war dead.” ~ Oliver North

The Civil War was unique in that it pitted brother against brother and family against family. More than 600,000 men gave their lives and the outcome was a unified nation. But there’s an even more significant civil war going on today.

The Apostle Paul describes this most basic of civil wars that takes place between our desire to please God and the selfish desires of our flesh. In Romans chapter 7 Paul is frustrated and exasperated because of the ongoing struggle.

The solution? The grace of God available through Christ Jesus. “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” ~Romans 8:1

Don’t miss a single opportunity to thank a veteran for what they did in serving our country and defending our freedom. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

But be sure you make time today to praise God for the gift of grace made available to us through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. He purchased freedom that will carry us on into eternity!

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“Thank you” just isn’t enough, but it’s a start!

I’ve always appreciated our military men and women who sacrifice to serve our country. It hits especially close to home as our Sam is less than a month away from leaving for bootcamp with the Marines. May is Military Appreciation Month so when a friend sent me this video I just had to share it.

This story is incredible. Send this touching two-minute video about World War II veterans to FIVE friends and family to remind them that every day alive in this great, free country is truly a bonus. Let’s get 50,000 views for the video by Memorial Day (May 30th) to show these living heroes, one last time, just how grateful we are for their unbelievable sacrifice. The video is a trailer to a documentary that will come out in November. The more we can show interest in the trailer (i.e. views), the more Americans will get to see the film. Time is running out: 1,000 WWII vets die every day. We are free today because of these men and women. The least we can do is watch a web video and send it to five people. Let’s get this mission done!


Filed under Courage, Determination, Gratitude, Life in General, Memorial Day, Serving