[Inspired by a sermon delivered by Davis Burnett on 5/27/18 at High Point Church Atlanta]

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”–John 15:13

Honor: the highest form of esteem or appreciation paid

How do we honor others?

How do we love others?

How do I lay down my life for someone else?

Lt. Michael Murphy knew he was going into almost certain death, and he still put his team and country above himself. That’s how you lay down your life. That’s love.


In this life, we may never have to actually sacrifice our own flesh and blood for others, like Murph did, like all the brave men and women who fought and died for us did. But there is a real application from Murph’s story to our daily lives, and it comes in the form of this question: how will I elevate others above myself today? How will I sacrifice my own gain, my own ambition, my own drive, for the betterment of someone else? We can make a tangible impact on someone’s life right now if we consider their needs above our own, if only for a moment.

All it takes is for you to be for the people around you exactly what they need you to be. Shine your light bright, genuinely invest in others, and firmly place yourself in their story. Your presence might be the starting point of exactly what they need to get them through today.

Lt. Michael Murphy

Lt. Michael Murphy