Saturday, July 26, 2008

Acts of Selflessness are Manly

The Art of Manliness recounts the amazing stories of two young men who gave their lives in military battle to save their fellow soldiers. You can read the two stories of incredible selflessness here. I am inspired by this quote from the post,
There will always be an escape, an avenue for retreat. What will you do when you are asked to step up? Will you cower in fear and flee? Or will you have the strength to do the right thing? A man can never know with absolute certainty how he will react in the moment of crisis, faced with such decisions. But you can decide each and every day, in your heart and your mind, what kind of man you want to be. You can decide that running away from challenges will never be an option. And you can strive each day to attain the values and training needed to become a selfless person. Then, when you are asked to sacrifice, you will not hesitate, making the honorable decision will be automatic.
Every day, in every single decision we make, petty or grandiose, we are forming our character - for better or for worse. As a good friend and I were talking about yesterday, these character forming choices happen to us all the time. There is no escape, no matter who you are. So what will you do? What choice will you make?

I want to be a man like the two soldiers. I want to attain the value of selflessness in my life. I want to be like Jesus Christ who gave up his own life in the ultimate act of selflessness. Jesus gave up his life and died on the cross so that many others could life. As it says in Romans 5:6-10,
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
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