May 26

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day. 

A day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in our country’s armed forces.

This day is especially hard for me. As we recognize all those men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while in uniform.

I walk around every day with all the freedom they provided for me. I live in a country that was fought for with blood, sweat and tears.

And as I see all the remembrance and pride, my heart is heavy and my head hangs low because I was discharged from the Army with dishonor.

My selfish actions are to blame. I accept full responsibility.

I failed my family, my country and God miserably.

I deserve the death that each one of those military graves represents.

I cannot explain in words how this actually feels.  I equally cannot explain the feeling that I have, knowing I am forgiven.

The love of God through sacrificing his Son to die in my place is overwhelming. He did this because of everything I have ever done or ever will do.

And he did this without asking for anything in return except to have a relationship with me.

Romans 5:8

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

Thank you to all who have served and sacrificed. We are forever grateful.

 

John 15:13

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (NLT)

 

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  • Alan Baierl

    Maybe God let you go through your troubles to keep someone from going through something similar. You may never know the impact it will have, but God does. You have paid your debt to society and God has paid for your sins. Just remember you have made your wrong, right and ultimately lived up to it in a society that makes excuses instead of accepting the punishment. Keep doing the good work and you will be rewarded if not on earth, then in heaven.

    • David Mike

      Thank you for your encouragement Alan. The main reason I am telling my story is in hopes that God will use my mess for his message. He has been using this time of reflection to work on me as well, for sure.

  • But your journey was changed to take various turns so that you can now share yours and help others change theirs.

    • David Mike

      Thank you for your kind words. I have seen some impact already and I am scared / excited for what come next!

  • Daniel Mike

    Grace is hard to receive. We must become like a child. We must be brought to a place where we are shown that there is nothing we can give or do to earn it, deserve it and aren’t entitled to it. Yet God, in his mercy, while we were still sinners, sent his son to take our place, to bear our sins to give us life and freedom. God’s grace releases us to be lifted up. To rise from the ashes with renewed strength. To love even as we are loved. To show grace in return. Not motivated by the feeling of indebtedness or the need to pay God back, but instead from delight and joy in who he is. David, none of us earned it. If we got what we deserved we’d all be in hell. The freedom that grace gives us is the most liberating thing I’ve ever experienced. Thanks for guiding me closer to Christ when you saw me on a wobbly slope towards destruction. Thanks for your testimony, your story and your example of Christ’s love and grace to me and everyone you meet.

    • David Mike

      You are qualified. The ministry is calling you brother. Thank you for your continued support.

  • While our circumstances are different I completely understand how you feel and it is hard to describe the feeling of guilt knowing that God has already forgiven me and yet I continue to blame myself. We both just need to remember that Paul said not to look backward.

    • David Mike

      I agree! Having to go back in time to tell this story has been challenging. I realize why the timing was never right until now. I am finally mature enough to understand the implications involved and the affect is has had on people from my past and the people in my life now. Thanks for following along. Semper Fi!

      • Know what you mean – it took me A LONG time to even be able to think clearly much less put on paper the things I typed in my post.

  • Your words are a beautiful expression of what this day is all about and the deeper meaning of freedom – the freedom we enjoy because of those who have given all, but also the freedom we receive because the One gave it all.

    I cannot imagine what your heart feels on days like this, but I am thankful to the One who redeemed you that you live out your days in service to him by admitting who you were and who you have become. Your service is changed but your service is equally important to the freedom that many will know through who you are becoming.

    • David Mike

      I appreciate your continued support of my story. I feel God laid this on my heart and I am glad to be able to find the gospel message in my saga and the continued work that God is doing in my life and the lives of my family.

  • What a great way to share what God has done in your life. You may have been discharged at the time for dishonor, but your service is still greatly appreciated. And you are displaying yourself as more than an honorable servant of the Lord’s Army. Thank you for that as well.

    • David Mike

      I am glad to sign on that dotted line. The Army of the Lord! Thank you for your kind words.

  • You stumbled and fell, yet God is using your story for greater good. His love has no boundaries and it has no end. Blessings!

    • David Mike

      Thank you Joan.

      • I should add that none of us are without sin, yet God works all things for good to those who are called according to His purpose.

        • David Mike

          I believe God knew that I was not mature enough to handle the gravity of telling of my story until now. Thanks for reading this post. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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