One year ago today I wrote this exact blog. I changed the year to “eleven” because my heartbeat is the same, the message is the same, but the need for the gospel grows greater!
Eleven years ago today, I was sitting in home room as a senior in high school watching as our nation was attacked by evil men desiring to destroy our way of life. I remember thinking about ways I could help, wishing I was able to do something as the twin towers fell, killing thousands of fellow Americans. I remember how my heart ached for the thought of families that lost loved ones, people that remained trapped in their tombs of rubble for days after the attack, and the heroes that sacrificed their lives trying to help those that had no hope. Eleven years ago today, 9/11/01 was forever sketched in my heart and mind.
Five years ago today, I had been home from Iraq for just a week. I remember stepping out of formation and the closing ceremony of our homecoming, hoping that I was able to make a difference, even if a small one. I remember thinking, my life and out look on life will never be the same, for I was among a brotherhood of veterans that span 200+ years of our nations history. Then I remembered why my heart was burdened to join the Army in the first place; I remembered 9/11/01.
Today is 9/11/12. Today I remember what it means to be “proud to be an American.” Today, I thank the God of Heaven for His mercy; on me, on our nation, and this world. He is such a gracious, patient, and loving God. Today my heart breaks, not for those that died eleven years ago, not for the fallen heroes that gave their lives, and not for the families that lost loved ones; though they are on my mind today. But my heart breaks for the millions dying each day, lost without the Lord Jesus Christ. Today, my prayer is that all men, of all nations, and all tongues would know the love and truth of God my savior. My prayer today is that God would use my life in such a way, that when all people that look at my life; they see Christ! As proud as I am to have served our nation, I long for my life to be one of servitude to the Lord; for he made the ultimate sacrifice for me.
Eleven years ago today was a life altering day in the lives of millions of people. I pray that today will be one as well! If you have never accepted Jesus as your personal savior; that you will do so today. If you have and are gloriously born again; that today, you will make the decision to serve God with your life. That your speech will be one that honors Him. That you will go where He wants you to go. That your life will be different, and that people would see the truth of the gospel in your life and mine.
We will never forget! God bless America!