Life is busy and sometimes you feel as if you just can’t go on. But let me encourage you to press on because we have so much yet to accomplish for the One who did so much for us.
This month as we celebrate our great nations birth and the freedom that we all enjoy, have you ever stopped to think, ‘what if those brave patriots had just given up?’ Someone once penned the following thoughts I would like to pass on to you.
Almost 230 years ago a group of men were meeting in trying circumstances. A war was on and armies were marching into battle. They believed in certain truths that ultimately would form one of human history’s greatest nations.
They were willing to sacrifice their very lives for making these truths a reality in a new experiment called democracy.
What if Ben Franklin would have said, “I give up. This stuff is too hard. I’m going kite flying.”
What if George Washington would have telephoned from the battlefield and said, “I can’t do this anymore. I am out gunned, out manned, and out trained. I am going back to Mt Vernon and farm, get a new general!”
What if James Madison had said, “This will never work. We can’t do it. I don’t have time for all this Declaration of Independence work. I’m calling Dolly and telling her 'Let’s start the snack cake business you’ve been wanting to start!'”
What if Thomas Jefferson had said, “I am getting writer’s cramp. Can’t you guys do anything to help me out? I’m going back to Monticello!”
What kind of freedom would we have?
We give thanks to all those who gave up so very much so that we might enjoy the freedoms we all take for granted. We are truly blessed by God through the efforts of so many.
We also have a freedom that is much greater than any of this and that is the freedom we enjoy through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Over 2000 years ago Jesus went to the cross of Calvary and won the victory for all of us through His glorious resurrection. Today, through His blood we have salvation and freedom over sin and death, and we look forward to life eternal with Him.
Pastor Michael Tunnell