This national holiday is the quintessential summer holiday and gives us all a great opportunity to party like rock stars!! Well, maybe not rock stars since some of them do questionable things…so, maybe we should party like its 1999 🙂
And I digress – big shocker, I’m sure!
So anyway, Independence Day gives me chills (in a good way)! I absolutely love the fact that we live in a country where we can worship who we wish, live how we see fit and have the opportunities to always do better.
Regardless of anyone’s political affiliations, I think we can all agree that our freedom is PHENOMENAL!
Regrettably, many of us take our liberties for granted most days and don’t realize how fortunate we are to live in our independent country.
All we have to do is turn on the TV, read the newspaper or get on the internet to find out how many people are suffering throughout the world and how many are oppressed by the governments of their country.
I’m appalled how often I (and many others I’m sure) have the tendency to complain about anything and everything without taking action and then wonder why nothing changes!!! UGH!
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45
All talk and no action IS NOT what we were made for!
In fact, we were made to do three simple things:
- Worship God
- Follow the example of Christ
- Help others
Of course, we were made to do many others, as well, but even these three are pretty straightforward, but FAR FROM EASY!
Just for the three above, it might be a good idea to come to the end of each day and review our achievements and identify how we can do better. Can you imagine how productive we could become with that kind of accountability? WOW!!
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James 1: 22-27
As we enjoy our national holiday and the benefits of our freedom, I hope we will remember to DO SOMETHING WITH THE OPPORTUNITIES WE HAVE!!!
Happy Fourth of July!!!
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 19:5 – A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.