July the 4th is just around the corner. Everyone is talking about their plans to celebrate this great American holiday. Most families are planning a cookout, fireworks, and fellowship. No doubt, fun for all who chose to celebrate.
Before long my youngest child was asking me about this holiday, and inquiring about the meaning of Independence Day. While I know full well what the 4th of July represents for America, I began to ponder the word independence.
According to www.dictionary.com, the definition for independence is: Freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.
Can you see where I'm going with this? As Christians, we should be celebrating our independence from this world. The world we live in is powerful, and it's influence and control are far reaching. But as followers of Christ, we should be emulating Jesus, not this world.
I also found it intriguing that part of the definition is "support, and aid." Okay that one has me. I do look to the world for support (financially and going to doctors). I also turn to wrong worldly things to console me when I'm down (food). I definitely need to work on the area of support from the wrong source.
This 4th of July, have fun and celebrate our independence from other countries, but also remember to be independent from the pulls of this world.