21/04/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
Today is “Poppy Day“. The day when small, artificial poppies are sold as a fundraiser and commemoration piece for the NZRSA (New Zealand Returned and Services Association) and ANZAC Day (remembering the service of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp).
The poppy is a symbol of the blood spilt in battle since World War I and is reminiscent of the poppies which were found on many of the battlefields in Flanders (Belgium).
My grandfather (and his brothers) fought for New Zealand during World War I, and my uncle (who was in the British Medical Corp) was killed in Singapore during World War II.
The Bible says: “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). I wonder if our self-centred generation would be able to grasp this concept or apply it if required?
War may not (right now) be looming on our doorstep, yet we can still train ourselves to think and act like givers rather than takers. To build some selfless-muscle we can start to:
- think about others before ourselves
- help others when we can
- learn to care about people/causes/the world around us
- smile more (a gift that costs us nothing)
- learn to be compassionate
- DO something proactive, beneficial and intentional…become a “change agent”.
On Poppy Day we remember the men and women who selflessly took (and still take) a stand to protect our future. They made a difference. Lest we forget.