With boys who are growing up faster than I can even fathom, we’re having a lot of conversations around here about freedom. How much freedom do they have to roam the neighborhood? How often do they have to check in? How much freedom do they get with their “weapons” like bb guns, pocket knives and such? And then, of course, there is the issue of electronics. How much freedom do they get with those?
Growing up is a never-ending lesson on integrity.
When they get to roam the neighborhood, do they come back on time or do I have to go look for them? Do they make good choices about where they go or do I find out later they didn’t? Do they practice strict handling of their weapons or do they get sloppy? Do they self-regulate their use of electronics or do I have to remind them when time is up?
In our house, freedom increases with evidence of increasing integrity.
Today as we take time to consider and reflect on the incredible privilege of freedom we have both individually, and as a nation, may we remember what freedom really is.
May we not think of freedom as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. ~ Peter Marshall
Imagine how our different our country would be if we each took our freedom as an opportunity to do what is right, instead of just doing as we pleased. It would be vastly different. And it starts with you and me.
On this 4th of July, let’s celebrate by remembering the priceless opportunity we have, to do what is right.
to more love,