Take a good look at this photo that a friend of mine posted on her fb page. It was taken in 1939 at a ceremony for the launch of a new ship. Do you see the one man in the crowd who refused to give the Nazi salute? His name is August Landmesser. We don’t know much about him except that he had already been in trouble with the authorities for marrying a Jewish woman. He was sentenced to two years hard labor. He and his wife had 2 children. One of his children recognized her father in the crowd when this picture was published in a German newspaper in 1991.
Now take a look at the two guys behind August Landmesser. They are taking notice of him. They notice his refusal to salute. I’m guessing by the smirk on August’s face that by this point in his life he’s not too concerned with fitting in with the crowd. But sometimes it’s hard to be the only one not following the crowd. Sometimes we wonder if anyone notices the stand we are making- if anyone is catching the point we are making. Does it matter if we are the only one not conforming? Is it worth the effort to paddle against the current? The guys behind August noticed. August’s wife and children noticed the stand he made for them. Here we are 73 years later… and we see him still making his stand.
“Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t make it right.” Wiser words are hard to find. What are you standing for today? Are you paddling against the current and feeling tired? Are you discouraged because you think no one is noticing, that your sacrifice is being made in vain, that you aren’t making a difference? Be encouraged. Someone is watching you. Someone is reading your facebook updates and blog posts. Someone is watching your life closer than you think. Someone noticed when you did what was right. You might not see it yet, but you are causing a ripple. Take courage dear Lonely Soldier. Your fight is not in vain!
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for in the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9