Today is Independence Day (in case, you can’t figure out why everyone is shooting off fireworks!). I just wanted to say a couple things. First, thank you to everyone who has given their life or fought to defend our freedom. Second, thank you to God who has given us freedom. And third, freedom is a precious commodity, so be careful how you use it! In America, we are so spoiled that we take simple things for granted. For instance, we have like 5 Bibles in our home. How many days have I let go by without opening it? How many people would give just about anything to have a few pages of the Bible to read? We have also, as a nation, become so materialistic, thinking that if we fill our lives with things and money, that we will find happiness. I love this quote from “Plastic Jesus:” “We know money can’t buy happiness. It can only buy the therapy to help us cope without it.” If you are anything like us, we are always looking at the next newest and greatest thing, and thinking how much “easier” our lives would be with it. How much happier would you and I be if we freed ourselves from that mentality and focused on the things that really matter? How many people around the world would be better off if we would spend our money helping them instead of ourselves?
Anyway, I just wanted to take a few moments and think about the freedoms I enjoy (perhaps, too much) and think about how we can introduce others to the freedom found in Jesus. I think the world sees us as a selfish nation and they are correct. We need to turn our focus outward… that’s what it’s all about, right? Serving others, developing relationships, showing people that Jesus is the best thing they could ever have.