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“The Lord will not test you more than you can bear.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)  How often have you heard that?  Almost as often as, “The Lord is my shepherd there is nothing I shall want.” (Psalm 23:1)  But how often do we stop and think about these verses?

On this day when we honor those who have given their lives to preserve our way of life, we should take a moment to pause and reflect upon our blessings.

There are things I want; but I am not wanting.  I have food, shelter, clothes, family, friends, a job, and a car.  I may want better things or more things, but I lack nothing that I need to survive.  I may not live like the wealthy; but I am not lacking basic necessities.

The Lord is good.  God is just.  But, we are flawed.  We do not often understand His ways.  Yet, we should strive to be more like Jesus in our every day lives.  Be thankful for what you have.  Praise God for the small blessings.

On this day, we remember those who have fought so we can have freedom.

Our freedom doesn’t mean we won’t struggle.  We have the freedom to struggle, to seek our dreams.  God knows what is best for us, we just need to find out for ourselves…sometimes the hard way.

God knows how strong we are.  He does not need to test us to find out.  But, it is through adversity that we discover how strong we really are.  When someone tells you that you can’t do something, do you admit defeat or push harder to prove them wrong?  When you fall, do you stay down or get back up?

God did not test Job.  God knew how strong Job was.  Satan did not believe God.  Satan persecuted Job in an effort to turn him from God.  Job remained steadfast.  Let us be like Job.  Though trials and hardship may threaten to overwhelm us, we are stronger than our situation.  We are stronger than we know.  The human spirit can overcome.

This great nation knows that well.  Whether cleaning up the aftermath of natural disasters, relief efforts, or showing courage in the face of danger and death; we are a nation of men and women who are stronger than we know[.  Humanity is stronger than a person.  Society is stronger than an act of injustice or wickedness. We are a world that is stronger than we can fathom]; but God knows.  He wants us to achieve that potential.

The land of the free and the home of the brave, indeed.