Typically, the fourth of July for me has simply been a day off, some extra time with family and friends, and some burgers and brats. While this is great, I’m trying to be just a little more intentional this year with the reason for the celebration, and today I’d like to offer two ways we can pause and give thanks for our freedom:
1. Call and thank someone who fought for the freedom you have. Maybe even write them a hand-written letter. The reality is that we enjoy many freedoms in this country such as the right to own our own property, freedom of religion, and a certain level of safety that many nations do not possess.
Because I’ve never been drafted to war, it’s easy for me to forget that all of this came at a price. If you have a living relative or friend who served our country, reflect on this and then call and thank them or write them a letter.
Earlier in the week I set up a reminder in my phone to call my grandpa this morning to thank him for his service in WWII.
2. Thank Jesus for freedom from sin and eternal life. Earlier this week, I read Colossians 2:13-14: “…He forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.” Hallelujah! Spend some time thanking Jesus that your record of sin against Him as been erased, and that you can spend eternity with Him if you’ve received Him.
That’s all. Thank a person for their sacrifice and the earthly freedoms you enjoy, and then thank Jesus for His sacrifice and the earthly and eternal freedoms you enjoy. Happy fourth of July everyone!