Veterans Day. Is it just another Holiday, a day off work? Or is there something more powerful to consider? Is it what was said in words or what was done by actions?
How does the image above strike you?
The image of the Flag raising by United States Marines at Iwo Jima on Mt Surubachi during the intense battle during WWII is a powerful image that exemplifies men taking action. Words were used by those in leadership commanding this action, but then it was up to the individuals to follow through. These men didn’t talk about, or make promises, about what they were going to do, but instead took action. The action taken was life or death, something most of us don’t encounter on a daily basis. In the last year while speaking to many groups about the death threats made against me, and making unpopular decisions, I have encountered many Great Americans who I consider much braver than myself. Those in the military are obvious, but the others such as Doctors, Police Officers, Fireman, people fighting cancer, parents raising children with disabilities, those recovering from being kidnapped and especially those who have been bullied. My situation was unusual and extreme, but I respect the bravery and tenacity of these other people who have made decisions and taken action, and see them as true leaders.
“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”
― Mark Twain
Take personal responsibility and make a Decision to take Action!
- Be Still- before you take Action, get clear, pray, quiet your mind and make sure you are focused.
- Be Accountable- protect the innocent by taking a stand against the evil that comes to destroy them.
- Be Disciplined- emotions will lead you to poor decisions, stay focused on the task at hand.
- Be Supportive- encourage, help and sympathize with those who have suffered loss or struggling.
- Be Realistic- understand your limitations to serve, and provide what you can.
- Be Decisive- once you have engaged in serving, move forward and finish the job.
- Be Empathetic- some of those that come against you, may not understand all the facts or may be misled.
Bible Verses to consider: Proverbs 3:5-6, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Romans 12:17-21