Happy 4th of July to all! A day to celebrate independence, liberty, and freedom.
As I pondered what this means, I thought beyond the usual topics of the national celebration and reflected inwardly about what personal freedom means, and how often something as “simple” as feelings prevent us from enjoying freedom.
We often need to gain freedom from fear, freedom from caring what others think, and freedom to follow God’s plan for our lives, before we can truly be free to be ourselves.
“Fear seems to be an epidemic in our society.
Are you afraid of anything?
Is it rejection, failure, the past, the future, loneliness, driving, aging, the dark, heights, life, or death?
The list of fears that people experience can be endless.
You can trade in pain and paralysis for power and excitement. Don’t allow feelings of any kind to dominate you, but instead remember that God says, ‘Fear not.’
We must be determined that we will obey Him in this area. Fear may present itself as a feeling, but if we refuse to bow down to it, that is all it is…a feeling!”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional” [Day July 4]
Of course, I can’t let July 4th go by without also reflecting on the sacrifices of those who have served and do serve our country, to protect our freedoms. Both of my parents were veterans, and I have numerous friends who have served or are serving. I appreciate all that they have given/do give – them, and their families.
What about you? What do you appreciate about this country, if you’re an American, or your own country, wherever you live? What does freedom mean to YOU?