Independence Day

Independence Day. This nationwide celebration, filled with fireworks, fanfare, friends, and family, commemorates the Declaration of Independence, which marked America’s freedom from British rule. Instead of being bound to the mother country, the colonies gained their own identity and agency, allowing them to make decisions for themselves—a process akin to our journey into adulthood.

While most of us never formally signed a Declaration of Independence, there were pivotal milestones that helped us assert our independence from our parents’ influence. Whether it was moving into our own apartment, taking on bills, starting families, or navigating personal responsibilities like securing our own insurance at 26, these moments marked the transition from childhood to adulthood.

This newfound independence can be invigorating, something many of us eagerly anticipated. How often do we recall silently muttering, “I can’t wait to leave this house” after being asked to clean up? Or eagerly counting down the days until we turned 16, then 18, and finally 21, when we felt truly grown? However, the weight of responsibility that accompanies independence and newfound freedom is often underestimated. Challenges like affordable housing, rising grocery costs, and stagnant wages can make us feel that “adulting is ghetto”. However, we are not alone.

As believers, we find solace in knowing that God is with us (Isaiah 41:10), regardless of our age. In moments of stress, we can turn to Jesus Christ for help (Isaiah 41:13). He promises to never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), and despite the world’s challenges, we find refuge in Him (Psalm 46:1). Independence can sometimes feel isolating, especially when societal expectations weigh heavily on us. However, we are exactly where God planned for us to be (Psalm 139:16), and when we trust in Him wholeheartedly, He guides our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
That is true freedom.
Happy Independence Day!


Sharon Burns - July 2nd, 2024 at 10:18pm


Veronica Boyd - July 3rd, 2024 at 8:02am

Amen 🙏🏾Amen🙏🏾

Mildred - July 8th, 2024 at 8:16am

Appreciate the message.