It is just another day around the world. Not here. The U.S. celebrates today as our independence day. And I am glad. It’s a day where we can sort of put down our political alignments. It’s a day where we can lay aside our personal agendas and rally around food and fireworks and family and friends. So it’s an important and significant day. And there is no doubt we can’t fully imagine what so many people have done to make sure that we have our freedoms and opportunities and everything else we enjoy in our country.
But around the world, it’s just another day. And for me, the challenge is not to simply celebrate our freedom, but also to think more globally and think more widely. I get to go to a Starbucks and enjoy a $6 beverage. That same amount could supply food for a week for a few people in another country. Freedom? Yep. I have it. But I am starting to get really convicted about my excesses compared to what is a critical need elsewhere. I think God is stirring me about this. It’s just another day of starvation. It’s just another day of homelessness. It’s just another day without health.
Not trying to be a downer. But to much is given, much is required. And with every right, there comes responsibility.