Freedom – Four Thoughts For The Fourth

Sorry. I couldn’t resist. I’m all about alliteration. 🙂 Seriously, though…

I’ve been thinking about the Independence Day celebration we Americans look forward to each year, and contemplating FREEDOM.

The word is one we are frequently fond of tossing into the air and, much like the firecrackers that will fill up the 4th of July sky this week, it’s an idea that ignites passion in people all over the world. Here are some of my random thoughts on the subject:

1.  Blessing comes with freedom. When we acknowledge and honor the Source – the One from whom all blessings flow.

2. There’s good freedom and bad freedom. Some understand that freedom is a gift and they strive to serve others out of gratitude (good). Others see it as a tool to get what they want, and they use it to serve themselves (bad).

“Posterity–you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” – John Quincy Adams (July 4, 1837)

3. Freedom is fragile. If it can be won, can it not also be lost?

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. Proverbs 14:34

4. Freedom breeds hope. And this is rooted in our faith.

“Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.” – Abraham Lincoln

I hope you enjoy the following video containing quotes from our Founding Fathers!

Founding Faith (America’s Heritage) from seekfirstmedia on GodTube.

Born Free

Remember that movie called Born Free about the couple who raised the orphaned lion and then released it back into the wild when it became an adult? Or you may recall the song by the same name. I still find myself humming that tune from time to time.

It’s the sort of story that tugs at your heartstrings because it’s something we all desire.


I thought about this as we visited an animal park a while back. Seeing those magnificent creatures roaming wild in their natural habitat led me to reflect on how life was meant to be lived.

We are all born without chains. Many have died trying to keep it that way.
And I know that God intends for us to be free. Not just from physical chains, but the spiritual ones as well.

As I approach another Independence Day here in America, I offer up humble thanks to God for the opportunity I have to live in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

More importantly, I praise Him for releasing my soul from bondage and causing my spirit to soar, as the old song says, “as free as the wind blows.”

I pray that in the days and years to come, I will continue to learn what it means to be truly free. And brave enough to live like it. I never want to take for granted the liberties that I have been given.

“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God”. 1 Peter 2:16

Homage to History

I love hearing the stories behind the songs. In honor of this past weekend’s Independence Day celebration, I thought you might enjoy reading this one, as I did, about Samuel Smith and the patriotic tune he penned that we all sing today.
My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

Also, in keeping with this sort of historical theme, I thought I’d pass along this link to a show I just discovered called History Detectives on PBS. If you have an interest in mysteries of the past or just want to learn more about history, I think you’ll really like this fascinating tv series.

Here’s a quote about history worth pondering:

“To understand what happens now one must find the cause, which may be very long ago in its beginning, but is surely there, and therefore a knowledge of history as detailed as possible is essential if we are to comprehend the present and be prepared for the future.” Pearl Buck

What do you think?

Happy pondering…