Always Earned. Never Given. The Marines.
I saw this motto emblazoned on the side of an 18-wheeler as I was driving on 75 south. Underneath the words was a picture of the Marine sword. I thought the statement was a good one: succinct, true, and captures the spirit of being a Marine.
I am grateful for the sacrifices Marines and other armed forces make so that I can live and breathe in a country that is free. That sacrifice extends to the ultimate sacrifice of life. So when I see a member of the armed forces I want to remember to say, "Thank you. I appreciate your service and sacrifice.
Because of the Marines, I get freedom to do as I will. But I don't earn the title of Marine without doing the work.
I like to play with words. So when I read that motto, I immediately thought of the opposite proposal that God made to me:
Always given. Never Earned.
Daughter of the King.
I got into the kingdom family by not being able to earn the title, by not being enough, by realizing I couldn't keep the law perfectly or even nearly perfectly. I recognized my need for a Savior and I cried out to the only true One. Even now, though I sin less, I am not sinless. Rather, it is the righteous robe of Christ that covers me and gives me the status of princess in the kingdom.
I guess you could say I was born into royalty by the grace of God.