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Summary: A funeral message for a fallen soldier.

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-Karen, family and friends, we gather today to remember the life of Donald, to celebrate his many accomplishments and mourn our loss.

-Most of you knew him very well. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet him but I look forward to the day that I finally do.

-As I sat down with Karen last Thursday and tried to get to know Donald, the thing that jumped out for me was his time in the military.

-Once you get the military in your blood, you can’t really get it out.

-It shapes the way that you view the world and the way you view yourself.

-It’s true for me. It’s true for most people in the military. That was true for Donald as well.

-As a former infantrymen myself, I understand what Donald meant when he still referred to himself as a grunt even after he had served his time and was honorably discharged.

-If you ever make the mistake of calling a sergeant in the Army sir, you’ll find out what that means. Their response will be, “Don’t call me sir. I work for a living.”

-Donald worked for a living. Nobody ever gave Donald anything he didn’t earn or pay back.

-That is an honorable trait.

-America was built on the backs of many hard-working men like Donald.

-Donald was a man’s man. He loved hunting and fishing, sports and working with his hands.

-Without men like Donald, America would not exist and if we did not continue to produce men like Donald America would be wiped off the face of the earth.

-He knew what hard work and sacrifice was all about. He lived it. He was a good soldier. {PAUSE}

-The Apostle Paul in our text for today talks about what being a good soldier is all about.

-He writes to Timothy, his protégé, “Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”

-Donald knew what hardship and sacrifice was all about. His life was not an easy one. He struggled through many difficulties like many of us do.

-We all have challenges and difficulties that we face in life. That’s part of the human condition on this side of heaven.

-However, Donald handled his challenges like an infantryman, like a grunt, like a good soldier.

-The Apostle Paul says what good soldiers do with their obstacles. He writes, “No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer.”

-Basically, he’s saying, “Don’t be distracted by the barriers your enemy throws your way. Keep your eye on the objective. Accomplish the mission.”

-However, he did not allow his difficulties and challenges to detract him from his dedication to his family, his work, his friends and his passions. {PAUSE}

-Being a good soldier can has its pitfalls too

-When you work for a living, it is very easy to think that you have to work for everything in life.

-Unfortunately, there is one thing that all the hard work in the world cannot get you.

-There is one thing that cannot be purchased.

-There is one thing that is beyond any of us to buy.

-It is not for sale.

-None of us deserve it. It cannot be earned but many of us try.

-It’s heaven.

-Many people try all sorts of ways to get into heaven.


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