G.I. Picks Wedding Ring Over Finger

Marine Lance Corporal David Battle is a former high school football star from Victorville , California . David met his eventual wife in the eighth grade, and they were married in June, just two weeks before he left for Iraq .

During the battle for Fallujah on Nov. 13, this 19 year old Marine suffered a mangled left hand and serious wounds to his legs in a fire fight. David came under attack as he and fellow Marines entered a building. Eleven other Marines were wounded with him.

Doctors were preparing to cut off Battle 's ring to save as much of his finger as they could.

"But that would mean destroying my wedding ring," he said. When Marine Lance Cpl. David Battle learned he'd either have to sacrifice his ring finger or the wedding band he wore, he told doctors at a field hospital in Iraq to cut off the finger.

"My wife is the strongest woman I know. She's basically running two people's lives since I've been gone. I don't think I could ever repay her or show her how grateful ... how much I love my wife, my soul mate."

With his approval, doctors severed his finger, but somehow in the chaos that followed, they lost his ring. Although Battle was disappointed, his wife, Devon , said she was honored.

"I can't believe he did that," she said. "At first I was mad when he told me, but then I realized how lucky I am to have him in my life."

David Battle's high school has planned a banquet in his honor next week." We need to make more David Battles," said Daniel Pierce, the school's assistant head coach. "He is one amazing guy."

David provides us with a wonderful example of sacrificial love for your life. As Christians, you are also called to live a life characterized by sacrificial love. While you will probably never be called upon to sacrifice your finger, it does mean living each day with an attitude of love for others, placing them above yourself.

This second half, having an attitude of sacrificial love may mean blocking for the quarterback or running a decoy pass route to get someone else open. Perhaps it means simply having a good attitude after you get beat on a play. Perhaps it means letting that other guy be the quarterback for a while, even if he or she struggles at the position. Perhaps it means just letting someone else trash talk without trash talking back. Overall, it means having a good attitude in your heart, and placing the needs of others above yourself out of love.

In the Bible, Christ gave us the ultimate example of sacrificial love by laying down his life for us on the cross even though we are all sinful and worthy of death and hell. But because of his love for us, he was willing to die on the cross not only so that you could ultimately go to heaven, but also to give you an example of how to live your life on a daily basis.

John writes, This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. - 1 John 3:16

God's game plan for you is that you could start living a life characterized by sacrificial love for others. For the rest of the game, and on into this week may the love for others be on your heart. Let yourself be transformed from the inside by this love and in turn make an impact on those around you. It won't always be easy. Sometimes you may be called upon to lose a finger. But ultimately it is worth it. You will truly begin to experience the life God has for you.

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