Having a Tough Day?

Life got you down? There’s a remedy for that.

It’s called “perspective”—and gratitude.

Army 1st Lt. Nick Vogt has both. Nick, as you may remember, miraculously survived near-fatal injuries when he stepped on an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011.  His amazing story, told here, is a triumph of love, loyalty, unyielding hope, and pure grit. His survival and recovery testify to the power of prayer.

Photographer David Jay recently photographed Nick for The Unknown Soldier project, a powerful photo documentary honoring the lives and sacrifices of America’s returning, wounded soldiers. When David asked Nick for a message to share, Nick replied:

“Losing limbs is like losing a good friend. We wish we could still be with them, but it wasn’t ‘in the cards’.  Then we get up, remember the good times, and thank God for whatever we have left.”

This photo was taken at the swimming pool at Walter Reed Hospital by David Jay, and is used with permission. Please honor our soldiers: visit The Unknown Soldier photo gallery.

This photo was taken at the swimming pool at Walter Reed Hospital by David Jay, and is used with permission. Please honor our soldiers and visit The Unknown Soldier photo gallery on Facebook.

Open your arms—and your heart—to the goodness of life. And “always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” Ephesians 5:20.

As for me, I’ve got nothing to complain about.

Nick, thank you, for more than you know.

To all our soldiers and military families, may God bless you for your courage, sacrifice, and service. And heartfelt thanks to David for undertaking The Unknown Soldier project.

(Need more inspiration? Watch Nick’s video of modified push-ups on YouTube)

 

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