Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I cherish national freedom. Like many others, I pray for American troops daily. I thank God for the courageous men and women serving in our military today. I also thank God for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. I ask God to comfort their families.
Today has me thinking about heroes and mentors.
Albert Einstein once said, “From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other. . .above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”
It’s true, we are here for the sake of each other.
Many times a day (like Einstein) I too realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead. I tried to make a list, but soon realized that it was endless. These are just a few of my heroes and mentors.
- Jesus: He gave His life to give me eternal life and the fullest kind of life on earth.
- Military: There are 2.7 million dead and wounded who gave their lives in combat for my country. All gave some, and some gave all.
- Wife: She loved me before I was lovable. She forged me with her faith into the man she always knew I could become.
- Family: Mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc., who gave their lives to raise me.
- Mentors: There are business and spiritual mentors like Mike Ferry, Tom Ferry, Donald Sheets, Melvin Sweeney, Marion Dalton, and many others who gave their lives to make me a leader.
- Ministry Leaders: There are the leaders at Destiny Family Center. Books could be written about each of them. And still, you would never image how much they’ve given.
There are so many more people I could mention! My life and successes are not by chance. Everything is a gift.
I was carried to this point. And so were you.
Tell me, who carried you? Write your heroes on this wall, in a comment to this post.
As you celebrate Memorial Day, thank God for all who sacrificed something (little and big), to give you this great life.
Then, make a decision, that you will exert yourself more than before, to give in return as much as you have received (and much more).
Live like your heroes. Mentor others. Because after all, we are here for the sake of each other.
- In the past, how have you honored your heroes and mentors?
- In the future, what are new ways you can honor your heroes and mentors?
- How are you exerting yourself in order to return as much as you have received?
- Who are the 2-5 people you are currently mentoring?
- In the future, how will you mentor others more effectively?
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