This spring, I watched every night of “The Hatfields and McCoys” mini-series on the History Channel. Good grief – that was nonstop fussing and fighting! Unfortunately, it appears that things have not changed all that much in our country; there’s still a lot of fussing and fighting going on. However, in spite of the fact that our country is made up of very fallible human beings (knuckleheads included), there is no other country I’d rather be a citizen of than the United States of America.
For me, the 4th of July is a day to be grateful. Grateful I can write and read blogs without censorship. Grateful I, and all the other females I know, can go to school…drive automobiles…walk through cities and towns without needing a male in the family to escort us. Grateful I can go to church openly and not fear for my life. Grateful to the men and women who have chosen to stand in harm’s way to protect us at home and abroad.
No, our country is not perfect. Yes, there is much that could be improved. But folks, that ain’t gonna happen ‘til we have an individual and collective change of attitude.
In his book The Heart and the Fist, Eric Greitens writes, “…a good life, a meaningful life, a life in which we can enjoy the world and live with purpose, can only be built if we do more than live for ourselves.” Now this is what I call a 4th of July attitude! It’s a way of thinking and living that would light up a change for the better in our country!
So how about it, y’all? This 4th of July, what will you do to make our great nation better? Celebrate the USA’s birthday by doing something more than living for yourself.
In the meantime, I had to share the first stanza from a hymn we sang this past Sunday. Just a little something else to keep in mind as you light up that sparkler. Happy 4th!
This is my song, Oh God of all the nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my sacred shrine.
But other hearts in other lands are beating,
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
This Is My Song (1934)