Red-white-&-blue sale banners. Fireworks popping off until 3AM. Lotsa grillin' and a little too much eatin'. Yep. Another 4th of July.
The day we declared our independence from Britain. It was our "Colonexit".
(Probably shouldn't have tried to use "colonies" with "exit"...sorry...)
Americans. We're used to being an independent bunch. In our minds, anyway.
John Wayne is our hero... hard-nosed, do what's right, don't take any stuff from the bad guys, kiss the horse, kiss the girl, ride off into the sunset, tall and proud.
But....is that the way it's really s'posed to be?
Is that what life is s'posed to be? Being tougher than the next guy...being better...being #1. Hey, I like winning as much as the next guy. And I don't tolerate bullies well. They ignite my Irish, just like John's.
But...and I know I'm close to 'Merica heresy here...is that the right way to gain independence?
He said HE was the vine and we were...branches. And He pointed it out so well even a 8th grade biology student could see the obvious.
Without the vine, branches are just.........sticks.
We will only live, bloom, and bear fruit if we are in dependence on the vine.
In dependence on Him.
That's where it happens. Where good things can bloom even in the crappiest of weather or the worst times of life.
And we're free to let go of all the worthless toys, trash, and trinkets. To be free from our past, our guilt, our failures and mistakes.
Free to be what He wants me to be. Free to be like He.
(I know, but I wanted it to rhyme.)
In-dependence that brings me independence.
So today, maybe rethink the term "independence"... and what real freedom means - it's a Person...and it's not The Duke. It's The King.
Look Him up. He's in the Book. Under the "J"s.
He'd love to share today with you for the rest of your life.
And eternity as well.
Have a Happy 4th, eh?