Today I was looking forward to having my home packed wall to wall with people in celebration of July 4th. However, my body told me otherwise. I reluctantly canceled the festivities because my husband suggested I rest. I have to admit, he was right. Since I’ve had such a huge change of plans, I decided to actually reflect on what today represents. When you think about July 4th, what comes to mind? Is it cookouts, fireworks, and those red, white, and blue flags displayed in front yards along your neighborhood?
These are all good, but what comes to my mind is freedom.
People can say what they want about The United States of America but I’m glad to live where we can voice our opinions freely and can vote for the people of our choice. These are very good reasons why we should never take our freedom for granted. The flag means a lot to me because of those in my family who have been in wars. I can recall in 1991, when my brother-in-law served our country in the Gulf War, I left my flag hanging for many months until he returned back to the U.S.
Because of his contributions, as well as the service of many others, I proudly displayed the flag.
Have you thought about the American flag and all that it stands for? This emblem of the greatest nation on earth is placed on graves of our honored dead who fought for us to remain free. No, we don’t live in a perfect country and I see room for much improvement, but, I tell you, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I am proud to be an American. But more than celebrating freedom on one designated day, we can use every day of the year to display our freedom in Christ, by living to glorify Him so His banner of love can be seen by all. It is a flag flown high by living a Godly life.
Romans 8:2 says, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.”
Just like the American Flag represents freedom, Jesus is a banner over us, protecting and shielding us. He is the “Glory and the Lifter of our heads” at all times. Let freedom ring out in your heart every day, not just on July 4th. Enjoy yourself and be safe!