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Independence Day Has Other Meaning Too

Today is July 4th. In the U.S. we call it Independence Day.

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I love this picture showing the dawning of a new day. When we declare independence, there is a new day dawning. Regardless of the force or factors from which you are claiming that independence, the stage is set for a new day.

As my pastor says, “There’s a story on every pew.” People all around us face challenges to release themselves from something.

  • Bad habits
  • Bad relationships
  • Poor choices
  • Health problems
  • Financial problems
  • Bad bosses
  • And the list goes on . . .

Helping others overcome tough odds is a noble and honored effort. Countless numbers of good neighbors do that in communities large and small every day. Each victory is deserving of a celebration.

Yet, I think the toughest challenge most people face is driving change for themselves; overcoming those things that hold us back. Yes, joining a community or a tribe of like-minded souls who themselves are trying to make a change can be a big help, but at the end of the day, the ultimate change is up to you and you alone.

For those of us who hold dear to a deep faith, we have God to hold onto while we fight to claim our independence. He is an unending source of power and courage through the fight.

What is your fight today? Have you made progress to overcome your foe(s)? What strength will you choose?

Happy Independence Day! One day your fight will be won.