ind-de-pend-ence; noun: freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.

It’s something we’re celebrating as a nation today, something we value and consider part of our ‘inalienable rights’  to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness… We’ll wave our flags high and watch fireworks together as we celebrate this abundance and right to freedom that many of us have never gone without.

But then I remember…

Halfway around the world, I’ve seen the dark streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at night, and know that independence isn’t something the rest of the world can necessarily celebrate. 40,000 women in this capital are selling their bodies, not because they’ve been trafficked, but because poverty and striking unemployment have cast their lots. When you live simply to survive like that, independence isn’t something you can claim.

It doesn’t stop there…

Children in Haiti live unimaginable lives as child slaves. Indian slums are overwhelmed with disease, corruption and suicide. Others in developed countries live in grave spiritual poverty that leaves them just as empty…

When I think of Independence day…

I want to remember those who aren’t free. Because real freedom – real independence –  isn’t just about a pursuit of happiness in this life… it’s about joy that reaches our souls and gives us assurance for eternity.

“…Freely you have received, freely give.” – Matthew 10.8


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  1. Belina says:

    that’s very nice article man. i like reading it.

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