Freedom is Never Free

Cross and flag 1It was such a blessing to be a part of the Military Missions fundraiser event on the 4th of July at Saul Good. I was reminded this weekend of the true American spirit…. rally, support, encourage for a common purpose and greater good. Certain moments stand out and have stuck with me and I want to share the two most significant ones. One in particular is one I will never forget… 

July 4th event at Saul Good Restaurant

saul goodSAUL GOOD RESTAURANT & PUB JOINS FORCES WITH MILITARY MISSIONS FOR A JULY 4TH FUNDRAISER TO HELP SHIP CARE PACKAGES TO DEPLOYED SOLDIERS

On July 4th, all Saul Good Restaurant & Pub locations in Lexington Ky will offer 1/2 price on all food as an incentive to generate donations for Military Missions, Inc.

CHOOSE TO LOVE

Heart LoveLove is a powerful force. Truly, the most powerful force on the planet. It has caused many to do foolish and crazy things, but many others to do heroic, self-less and life changing acts.

There are countless accounts of wartime heroes who save the life or lives of their comrades in arms. Putting their own life in danger to protect or save the life of another. What would cause someone to make such a sacrifice?

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE

Be a Light“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

I discovered this quote several years back and it forever marked me, in a positive way. A few years back I got a revelation that being a world changer doesn’t mean you have to do some giant feat that affects thousands of people. The President, Senators, company CEO’s, Preachers with huge ministries are not the only people with influence and the ability to affect change. Grant it, their positions afford them a much farther reach, access to MANY more people, and the authority/ power/ money to affect change on a much larger scale. However, you, me, the neighbor next door, the grocery store clerk all have the ability to make a difference where we are and can positively or negatively impact the lives of those we come in contact with. Everyone can do something to make the world around them better, to make a positive difference in a life.

Give you an example of a “small” thing that’s a big deal. My husband and I spend a lot of time at the Lexington VA. Most times we are there it’s not under pleasant circumstances. In some form or fashion for varying reasons, it’s a painful, trying, stressful time for my husband and myself. When we first started going there we were “boots” so to speak. We had no idea what we were doing, where to go, how things worked or how to navigate the VA beast. Enter in a wonderful VA employee… there is an older gentleman who works the front desk who ALWAYS greets EVERYONE with a smile. On many occasions we’ve had to ask him for directions or had a list of random, probably seemingly stupid questions for him, to which he ALWAYS responded to us with a smile and gladly helped us in anyway we needed. You can watch this gentleman and see that he gives 100%, 100% of the time, with a wonderful attitude. Can I tell you, not everyone at the VA (or any place of employment for that matter) is like that. Now, we know our way around the VA pretty good and usually don’t have many questions, but that doesn’t mean this gentleman’s warm greeting of, “Hello, how are you guys today?” doesn’t makes us smile and add a bright spot to our day.

You may be thinking, that’s not changing the world or something that’s a big deal, but it is a big deal to us and I know it’s a big deal to the countless other folks who walk into the VA lost, confused and frustrated.

We live in a society that is very much dog eat dog. There’s a whole generation(s) coming up that doesn’t understand about honor, commitment, putting the needs of someone or something before your own, having a cause bigger than yourself to support and believe in (i.e. God & country). People are very self absorbed and introspective focus. That’s why people who care, who take time to help those around them, be a light in the darkness if you will, stand out and make such an impact. Why do you think the whole “Pay it forward” moments are made into a big deal… because many people are not used to random (no strings attached) acts of kindness from anyone, much less a stranger. I’m not trying to say we live in a horrible world and all people are selfish jerks. Honestly America is full of MANY kind, giving, people who love our country, our military and all the principles and morals this country was founded on. However, the media and society as a whole chooses to ignore all things good and focus on and perpetuate moral and spiritual rot…. embracing the darkness.

I encourage you today, be a light. Do what you can do, where you are to make a difference and positively impact lives around you. There is nothing to small….. being a light can be simply smiling at someone, buying the breakfast of the car behind you in line at the drive thru, financially supporting a ministry, volunteering at the Military Mission donation drive at Sam’s Club, volunteering to put together care packages for our troops deployed overseas. Darkness is expelled by light. Even the smallest candle burning provides light to see and displaces the darkness. What you have to contribute does matter and can be used to help others. I challenge and encourage you today to DO something, to let your light shine.

~Faith

 

(originally posted at www.comfycouchcommand.com)

Sam’s Club Donation Drive

Military Missions has scheduled an upcoming donation drive for Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31 at the Sam’s Club on New Circle Rd in Lexington. This donation drive is one of our very important events as it brings in many of the needed items which enable us to send care packages to our growing list of deployed troops.

In order to make this donation drive a success, we need YOUR help. We plan to be at Sam’s Club collecting items from 10am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. If you have a couple hours to spare, we hope that you will consider finding a way to come out and help us.

Stop by and help us man the table or shop for a few items on our list during your regular shopping and drop them off as you exit. Remember the sacrifice being made for each of us by our deployed troops and their families. We can all afford to sacrifice a little to show them how much we support and appreciate their efforts.

Even if you can’t make it out to help us, please share the information with your friends and family so they have the chance to participate. You can also donate online at www.military-missions.org/donate.

If you would like to become a volunteer for Military Missions or have questions, please email us at volunteer@military-missions.org or call or text 859-221-9477.

As always, we are extremely grateful for your support of our troops through Military Missions, Inc.

Created to be YOU-nique

YOU-niqueCreated Uniquely You to do What Only You Can.

You are uniquely, specifically designed and strategically placed for your life and world around you. Sound crazy? Well maybe it does sound crazy, but doesn’t make it any less true. Unique is defined by Merriam Webster as “Used to say something or someone is unlike anything or anyone else; very special or unusual; belonging to or connected with only one particular thing, place or person; being the only one.” No matter how you perceive your life and your role in this world, the truth of the matter is no one else can do what you do, like you do. Your personality, traits, drive, outlook, everything about you makes you uniquely who you are…. right down to your specific DNA make-up and fingerprints. What you’ve been called to accomplish, the lives you are supposed to touch, the divine appointments, as I like to call them, that you have can only be fulfilled by YOU!

I think about the warriors, soldiers, law enforcement, & emergency services personnel all over the country who day in and day out risk their lives to help, protect and defend. Not everyone can do what they do. On a daily basis they see the absolute worst of what humanity and the world has to offer. One must be called and specifically created to fulfill such an assignment, and they are. I couldn’t do their job, but that’s okay, because that’s not what I’ve been called/created to do.

I know someone reading this is thinking, anyone can do what I do or how is what I’m doing making a difference. Like it or not, everything each of us does has a ripple effect in the world and lives of people around us. If you haven’t figured it out yet, no one is truly an island to themselves and what you do really does affect other people. Whether you realize or acknowledge it or not, what you do does have an effect on someone and will make a positive or negative impact on someone or something. Let me share some examples of what I mean. In an extreme case, look at the person who’s had a few drinks while out for dinner with friends and then decides to drive home. They think they’re fine and their choice to drive home won’t have an effect on anyone else, but if they have an accident and crash their car into someone else, their one choice does affect others. Not only does it affect the person in the other vehicle they hit, but it affects those folks’ family members. How about the postal delivery employee who spends his lunch break each day visiting with a Vietnam veteran whose health issues limit his ability to leave his home or have much personal interaction with others. That friendship could provide the hope which fuels that veteran to get up and keep going everyday. Now you may think that what you do or your choices are not having that big of any impact or ripple effect, but I assure you you’re WRONG!! What you do positively or negatively affects someone. Your attitude, words and actions can build up or tear down those around you and will affect circumstances and situations.

The great world changers throughout history made a lasting impact on generations to come by stepping out and doing, at first glance, something that was sometimes seemingly small or even insignificant. Do you think Rosa Parks ever thought her choice to not give up her seat on the bus that day would be remembered by anyone today, much less be written in history books? NO! She was simply doing what she could do, where she was to make a difference. Do you think the Chesty Pullers or General Pattons ever consciously thought or attempted to change or impact military branches or war fighting protocol the way they have? Do you think they ever imagined things they said or did would be quoted or remembered by countless Marines or soldiers throughout generations, even thru today? NO! They were simply using their uniquely given abilities and skill sets to make a difference where they were.

The smallest deeds that are seemingly nothing can make the biggest difference in someone’s life. So whether you’re being a “Mom-Taxi” shuffling kids from school, to football/cheer leading practice or you’re working a donation drive for Military Missions or you’re filing paperwork on your job, you are uniquely qualified to make a difference in a way that only you can. No one else on this planet is YOU!! One thing I’ve learned in my almost 39 years is that if you make a positive difference in or help improve the life of one person, even in the smallest way, then you have something to be proud of. You can’t help everyone, but you can help make a difference to someone. It’s not about doing some huge, earth shattering feat/accomplishment, it’s about those daily moments/interactions that can make all the difference in someone’s life.

When my husband watches the news and sees all that’s going on with ISIS, he struggles with the feeling that all he did, his buddies that died, it was all in vain. To see what he fought for and liberate be taken back over is gut wrenching. But I constantly remind him that I have no doubt what he and his buddies did made all the difference in the world to the people that were living there at that time. We only have control over what we do. We cannot control other people. So, we make a difference where we can, how we can and leave the rest to God.

Have a great week, world changers!!!!

s/Faith

Originally posted at comfycouchcommand