The 25th of April is special for all Australians and New Zealanders. It’s a day to reflect and express gratitude for the enormous sacrifices our fallen soldiers gave at Gallipoli, Turkey.
Everything about that event is unique; but what makes it so indelible is the ultimate gift they gave us; a gift that came at a cost..their lives. Yes, the peace, tranquillity and stability we enjoy today came at a cost.
Australia is wealthy, beautiful and prosperous; however, like any good thing in life, a price was paid. Men, women, boys and girls fought, bled and died; they were brave even to the point of death.
They forgot themselves, their needs and dreams; some of them were fathers, mothers and children; but all that didn’t matter in the end. Our peace was worth it.
I am an African immigrant, originally from Nigeria. I heard the stories of the South African Apartheid, it was gruesome and terrifying. Growing up in Lagos I was told about the Nigerian Civil war, some scars it left are still fresh.
I am privileged to not have witnessed one myself. I salute and give my respect to those who have. I give the ultimate reverence to those who surrendered their lives so others can live theirs.
The Bible says in the book of John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” You see, to die for others to live is not just a good “deed” it is the ULTIMATE deed.
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ lived only thirty-three years; He had no wife and no kids He just served humanity. Can someone explain to me how He could be so focused on people so much so…He forgot Himself?
Sometimes heroes are born, other times they are forged. Forged by a solemn decision to give hope in the midst of a chaotic, crazy and selfish world. A world where hate is no longer a crime, greed is a passion and love is for losers.
You can be a hero too; yes you, the battle is no more on the field. It is now in our workplaces; schools sometimes our homes too. Flame the fire they started, give it oxygen to burn eternally.
You can be a force of change, a voice of hope and a beacon of light. You too can be remembered and celebrated for making a positive change to this world.
While there are those constantly eager to shows us our difference, and why some people are not welcomed, why perhaps some others are not worth even remembering… Be the reason they have a place, believe it or not, you may be all they have. Go out and give someone HOPE!
Happy ANZAC DAY folks don’t forget to buy your copy of my book “So What”