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Today is the 4th of July, and in America that means we celebrate “Independence Day”, the day that our nation declared their independence from the British Crown.  Most folks will enjoy the day off from work, cook some burgers on the grill, and watch some fireworks.  Where will I be?  In a little town called Pangburn, Arkansas.

I’ll be spending the day visiting with folks and handing out hundreds (thousands, really) of free bottles of water to thirsty people in the city park.  I’ll be joined by family and friends who are all willing to sacrifice some or in some cases all of their holiday so that others can enjoy their holiday more safely and more comfortably (and more affordably).  This is an allegory in some small way both of the sacrifices made by our forefathers to guarantee the freedom of our nation and its citizenry as well as the ultimate sacrifice made by Christ to purchase our freedom from sin.

As we celebrate our nation’s independence, stop and think about this:  What are you doing with the independence that others sacrificed to provide you, and what are you sacrificing to help others?