Here in the US, we celebrate the birth of our nation, a focus which hinges strongly on freedom. This morning at church our pastor reminded us that true freedom happens when we do a little less self indulging and a little more self sacrifice. That is something we can do more then once a year or even just once a week, but something best practiced every day. Being truly free means we desire and want the same for others to help, to reach out, to bring joy, peace and happiness to all around us. Taking on the characters described as “the fruits of the spirit” a list that includes love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, we can to so much to bring about a better community and better nation. To take on the mindset of truly loving our neighbor, even if they look different, worship differently, vote for different candidates then us, build families differently, etc. is something, that takes a little of me out of the picture, but adds the better mindset of us. That to me is certainly something to celebrate.
We have so much to be thankful for this year, so I urge us all, myself included to take a moment between the fireworks, hot dogs and fun in the sun and be grateful that we live in a place that allows us to truly be free, and to even better share that freedom with our neighbors.