I just finished watching the movie Act of Valor. It was an action-packed movie that highlights the bravery and sacrifice of so many of our warriors. They leave their families and are willing to give their lives for something bigger than themselves. I love being a Chaplain and serving and caring for such brave men, women and families. It truely is an honor to serve those who have given so much.
When you think of the word “valor” what comes to mind?
It can be defined as boldness or determination in facing great danger, espscially in battle; heroic courage; bravery. I personally know men who have received medals with a “V” device for valor. Their stories of bravery are awe-inspiring and humbling.
A great new web site was released with the movie Act of Valor. The site is called Life of Valor. It was created by two retired Navy Seals and it encourages men to examine their lives and ask:
- What is the purpose of my life?
- Who and what am I living for?
- How do I define the code that I live my life for?
The site challenges men to take the next step in faith and live by a code that makes a difference in the world.
Have you ever thought about the purpose or code for you life?
What guides how you live your life?
John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
What are you willing to give your life for?
Act of Valor ends with the stirring words of Tecumseh, a Native American leader, read by a Navy Seal as words from a father to a son.
So live your life so the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their views, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a stranger if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise ones turn to fools and robs them of their visions. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
How does this final quote speak to you?
What does it mean to sing your death song?