The Real Independence Day
by Tom Withers, AP Sports Writer
PDT Staff Writer
Observing a baby bird in its mother’s nest is quite interesting.
The baby bird dwells in the safety of its mother, who hovers over her chick, protecting it from all danger and harm. Each day the baby bird grows and grows, decreasing its independence upon the mother bird. Henceforth, one day that baby bird is no longer the weak, dependent, little creature that it once was, but now has acquiesced into a strong, daunting fowl that soars right out of its mother’s nest to experience the world for itself. That baby bird is not only free to soar through the skies, and to live as it chooses to.
My friends we too have been granted freedom. In the spiritual relm the same holds true, Jesus takes us, and nutures us with immeasurable love, protection, guidance, and support. He is with us every step of the way, through the good and the bad, directing our path. Christ also gives us independence, freedom to live and to make choices.
The scriptures teach us that if the son shall make us free, we shall be free indeed! Yes, my friend, we are free. Free to soar, free to reach our highest potential. This freedom in Christ that is made readily available to us is a very powerful source. It allows us to live an abundant life.
Notice I did not say a problem-free life, for problems will still arise, but a person who embraces their freedom in Christ will not allow their problems to overtake them.
We love to celebrate Independence Day in America, but what about the most importance source of freedom that ever will be, which is freedom in Jesus Christ. Now, don’t misunderstand, I love the cookouts, the fireworks, and everything that comes with our Nation’s celebration, I just wish we could celebrate Jesus like we do for holidays and things of this world.
My friend, be safe this week, and embrace your true freedom.
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