In the L.I.F.E business, Orrin Woodward and the founders have established a training ground to learn about the eight most important areas in leadership and life. Freedom is a topic that very few understand but also one that many have a hunger to learn about. Since partnering with the Team, my passion for learning about historical leadership in our country and different hero’s of the past has sky rocketed. George Guzzardo, L.I.F.E founder and policy council member in Team stirred this new found hunger in me with his continuous studies of history and his wisdom to teach.

I was inspired to post this article after reading General Douglas MacArthur’s “Duty, Honor, Country” acceptance address which was given in 1962. Many people neglect to think that even the mid 1900’s were historical moments that can be so applicable today. What better category to list this speech under than freedom.

We are at war, not only in a media and political war, but at this very moment soldiers are fighting a real battle protecting the freedoms we have today. So often we go about our day and forget just how truly blessed we are to live in America and be free. I intend to wrap this topic around the importance of why we believe freedom is such an important topic to educate our brothers, sisters and neighbors about. I wanted to share parts of MacArthur’s speech and I pray you will be moved by it as much as I am:

These words are an expression of the ethics of the American soldier.

Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.

The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.

But these are some of the things soldiers do. They build your basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the nation’s defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid. They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not to substitute words for actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm but to have compassion on those who fall; to master yourself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future yet never neglect the past; to be serious yet never to take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. They give you a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of an appetite for adventure over love of ease. They create in your heart the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next, and the joy and inspiration of life. They teach you in this way to be an officer and a gentleman.

The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training — sacrifice.

While I would have loved to post MacArthur’s entire address, I could only pull out the key elements that I felt would impact us directly in this article. The soldier’s who have served and are currently serving are the hero’s. And I bet if you asked any soldier what it would take for an individual who is not in armor, to help maintain America’s freedom in their own life, they would say to read MacArthur’s message. What I love about this passage is that it doesn’t take the title of a soldier to be a soldier in our own communities. General Douglas MacArthur does an excellent job of taking a message that is shining light on those who fought for freedom in our country and when I read it, I hear a personal responsibility in my own life to fulfill the duties of a soldier. He later says in this address:

…And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars.

Everything else in your professional career is but corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their accomplishment. But you are the ones who are trained to fight. Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, and the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory; that if you lose, the nation will be destroyed; that the very obsession of your public service must be: Duty, Honor, Country.

I believe that we can learn so many things about history that are so applicable today and can truly make an impact for strengthening our current freedom. When I read MacArthur’s words, it gives me this sense of urgency to want to live up to the values and duties of a soldier. While I know my calling isn’t the military, there is something I can do to help. I can fulfill my mission on earth to share and educate by leveraging a system of information that teaches people about freedom – past, present and future so that societal ignorance turns to hunger for change. I am getting frustrated with those who choose to sit back and hope someone else fixes it. 50 years from today, children will be learning about the historical moments that took place in 2011. I refuse to have these children learn about the fall of America. If we can all play our part in duty, honor and country – explained in MacArthur’s address, our children will be learning about the resurrection of Western civilization. Orrin Woodward states, “Neither fame, fortune, or anything for that matter, that the world can offer motivates me in any degree like the thought of fulfilling God’s plan for my life through restoring God’s principles of grace, hope, charity, love, honor, integrity, character, and redemption into the cultural current. This is not a job for the weak of heart…” Orrin Woodward has created the best system in the world through L.I.F.E for the ‘average person’ who wants to make an impact by being a media war soldier to learn about leadership and arming them with information to educate and change people’s lives in the freedom category.

Blessings, Kristen