DEFINITION OF INDEPENDENCE DAY
- : a civil holiday for the celebration of the anniversary of the beginnings of national independence; specifically : July 4 observed as a legal holiday in the U.S. in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776
I remember reading in the Bible, scriptures on celebrating a harvest. It is the planting stages that we can't alway see the outcome. The crops are gathering and a celebration begins. Read this:
Exodus 23:16 New International Version (NIV)16 “Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.
“Celebrate the Festival of In gathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.
Celebrations happen ~ At the beginning and the end of something
Just like gathering crops, we reap benefits of planting healthy families, friendships and so much more. We might not see what has gone before us, but just like World War II, we know that people sacrificed to get us to this place in America. This day is about knowing we are free due to people who have gone before us. People who continue to serve our country and open doors before us.
Let us stop for a few minutes to give thanks to men and women we never knew or heard about in life. People who have gone unnamed or shine with a metal of honor. It is those who step out to say yes to country. It is you and me living in the freedom of 2017. No matter what you are doing today, stop to give thanks of yesterdays and this day. Stop to pray for our country and men/women who continue to serve in many different ways. Freedom is once said, "it isn't free". Sacrifices and determination to do the right thing should be our desire daily. Purpose this a good 4th of July and be safe!
Celebrate the harvest of your life in the beginning and keep it going. There is somebody who watches your life and your example matters. Maybe you don't have a metal or the title you thought you might have in life. You have the title of child of God and he wants to use you from the beginning of life, to the end of life. Even after death, shines an example of your legacy. Purpose to treat people kind and with respect. Happy 4th of July to all.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.