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When someone gives their all for you

I’m sure you all know of my love and commitment to military families. However it is not only military and first responders who give their life so that others may live. For some reason, this morning I have had a story on my mind that has been staying in my thoughts all day.

Have I ever shared with you about the time my father-in-law almost died on an ice covered bridge?
It gives me chills just thinking about it…

It was winter, in Vermont. My father-in-law was a retail district manager – which meant he traveled a lot. On this particular Friday evening, he was headed home across an icy bridge. At that very same moment an 18 wheeler was crossing the bridge in the opposite direction. For some reason, the truck lost control and started into a skid, aiming directly for my father-in-law. According to the way I’ve heard it told… the truck driver knew he was going to hit the car, looked my father-in-law in the eye, and cranked the wheel in the opposite direction, causing the truck to careen off the bridge into the icy water below. WOW! I am always in awe when I recall that story. That truck driver sacrificed himself to save my father-in-law. I am always in awe when I recall that story.

You’ve may have heard the saying, “Only Two Defining Forces Have Ever Died For You : Jesus The Christ And The American Soldier – Jesus Died For Your Soul And The Soldier Died For Your Freedom.” I love the sentiment in this statement, but, as the above example shows, there are some everyday people also willing to give their all so another may live.

How do you react when someone gives their all for you?
Some people may feel…
• Nothing
• Thankful
• Guilty
• Indebted

Personally, I believe the best way to honor the sacrifice of another is to live your life to the fullest, in an honorable, respectable way.
You are still here because someone thought you still had more life to give, not just live. Make your life count. Help make a positive difference in the life of others.

“We may not have the ability to change all of the world’s wrongs, but we can make a difference where we are.” ~Dillon Burroughs~

*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach in the Raleigh area.*

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