If you are a police officer or a doctor, you probably have what is considered a good, stable occupation. Every day you have the opportunity to help people in tangible ways, especially in regards to their physical well-being. For this reason people often salute police officers and firemen, and laud to their kids the positive impact of becoming a doctor or ambulance driver or something similar. We are taught to respect such professionals, and really there is no reason not to. Those are wonderful jobs to have- not to mention they many times feature paychecks good enough to allow a family to be reasonably secure or maybe even well-off. Career counselors are quick to cite the benefits of such job opportunities to prospective college students looking anxiously for what careers they ought to pursue.
I appreciate people who work in capacities as police, firefighters, doctors, ambulance drivers, soldiers and the like. It makes one think back to knights and kings of old- those who assisted with protecting their nation and their castle in realistic, practical ways. To assist other people in maintaining a high state of health and to protect one’s family and friends is not only good, it is honorable. Many times people’s lives would have been cut short and cut either of an opportunity for a better eternity or a fuller life if it were not for the assistance of people in such occupations as these. But- (there’s always a but, isn’t there?) I think it would be dreadful if we stopped only at revering police-type occupations.
Many times in saluting to police-officers and the like, we forget that there are people with other occupations in the world, though perhaps not quite as well-uniformed or full of prestige, who are changing the future in their own way. Their job may not have required them to take on a pledge to lay down their life for another, but perhaps they preach God’s truth of laying down one’s life for another. They may not write up reports about someone’s new medication order or a change of military orders, but perhaps they write something that stirs men’s souls to worship their Creator.
These people deserve no less honor and reverence, for they not only help to save a man’s temporal self, but his eternal soul. It’s your postal worker who smiles and asks if you’ve been to a church down the street. It’s the craft-faire lady making quote signs about poetic justice and the mom “training up a child”. It’s the crazy creative guy investing in films that will spur on the Christian movie industry. It’s the newspaper photographer taking photographs that gift man’s perception with new insights.
Maybe these people don’t risk getting hit by a bullet or catching a disease from a patient every day, but perhaps they dip their hearts into the pain of a broken humanity in order to help dilute the poison. God gifts people in very different ways. For example, some people are made strong, like the man that saves a family from a burning building. Yet some people are made to be strong in a different way than soldiers, doctors and the like. Their efforts to serve God in the different capacity that God has gifted them is not less honorable, but an absolute blessing. Perhaps a salute is unnecessary, but will you consider thanking one of these world-changers today?