I love America and I love freedom! There are places in the world where kids can’t go to school—where women don’t have rights, and families are killed for what they believe. We have such a great opportunity to live in America and sometimes, we (as a country) just don’t think about how good we have it. When you’re on top, it is easy to become complacent—we can whine and gripe about the things we don’t have, or whether something is fair or not, but folks…we have it pretty damn good.
I love America! I am a husband, father, son, brother, and business owner. I am living the dream of so many, and I am so thankful to God for the opportunity to be born, live, work and worship in America. It’s my pledge to bust my butt and make this country a better place—not by changing the world, but by changing myself, and raising my family with the character and values that my parents instilled in me.
I love freedom! Just as Christmas is not about Santa Claus, Independence Day is not just another day off work, or a great day for fireworks and a picnic. I have a small drawing on the wall in front of my desk that depicts four circles in this order: God, Country, Family, Self…As an American, I humbly submit that I struggle with the order here, and as a professional in the communication and public relations industry I can see that many others do as well. “Self” is constantly fighting for the top, and “God” is being swept to the side. My friend Shawn Thornton once presented a concept in a sermon that really got my attention. He said, “What if everybody at church participated like “you”? What if everybody at church volunteered like “you”? What if everybody gave like “you”?… What would the church look like?” I think we can apply this same line of questions to one another today about our country. What if everybody lead their family like you? What if everybody worked like you? What if everybody helped their neighbors like you? What if everybody participated in our elections like you? What if everybody paid their taxes like you?… What would our country look like?
This is just food for thought. Like I mentioned above, I am not going to change America, but right now, I’m just going to do my best to work on me. As a professional, I preach building brands from the inside out and know that many just want to whitewash the truth and “look pretty on the outside.” I know that model is short-lived in the corporate world, and would imagine that parallels the thoughts of many regarding life in general. If we want to protect the future for our country, our children and our grandchildren—I hope we will get back to the principles and character that made this country great. Dwight Eisenhower once said, “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
Freedom isn’t free—somebody has to pay. I am thankful that Christ paid for me. I am thankful for all the men and women who have laid down their lives for our country as well. I am thankful for parents who have guided me and sacrificed for me. I am thankful that I am healthy and strong to care and love others like those before me cared and loved me. “God, Country, Family, Self.”
Let’s go America!