Hey guys. It’s Thursday, which means it’s almost Friday, which means the weekend is almost here. Hang in there. You can do it. If your week has been hard, take comfort in knowing it’s almost over.
We’ve got another Thoughtful Thursday! Since Independence Day is right around the corner, I decided that today I would talk about patriotism. I have a lot of things to say, but I’ll keep it short.
Patriotism is SO important. I can’t stress that enough. I know that our country is messed up, but there is a lot of good too. And there are a ton of other countries out there that are worse than us. We need to take pride in what we do have. Our country is free. We have so many freedoms that some people in other countries may never experience.
Again, patriotism is SO IMPORTANT. Less than a hundred years ago, during World War Two, our country was extremely patriotic. People all over the country made sacrifices to save the U.S. Millions went to fight. Those who stayed home took over others jobs and gave up a lot to give money and food to the troops. People were willing to do a lot for this country. That’s a lot more rare today. Citizens complain about what the country has become (which, like I said, is kind of crappy, but it could be a LOT worse. Believe me), and a lot of people are too lazy to even vote. We have troops overseas and people aren’t doing anything like they used to do.
PATRIOTISM IS SO IMPORTANT. The oxford definition of patriot is: A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. According to that definition, are you a patriot?
We need to show the rest of the world that we’re proud of what we have. We need to show that to each other. To everyone. We have so much to be thankful for.
One great example of patriotism, although cliché, is Captain America. He is a great role model of how we should be towards our country. He values freedom like no one else. He loves America. And he’s just an all-around good guy. “The price of freedom is high, and it’s a price I’m willing to pay! If I’m the only one, so be it. But I’m willing to bet I’m not.” I mean, come on. How much of the general population would ever say something like that? We love our freedom, but not enough to actively do something about it. Just complain when it gets questioned.
That’s why I’m so thankful for those in the Military. They’re willing to sacrifice everything to secure our freedom. And the men 200 years ago who did that in the first place too. Without them, we wouldn’t have America as it is today. So this Fourth of July, don’t think just about fireworks, and watermelon, and sparklers, and wearing red and blue for fun. Think of the real reason for the holiday and be thankful for that.
And just a little bonus for Christians. We need to be patriots of heaven too. That’s where our real citizenship is. And you can bet we’ll be there a lot longer than we’re here. Be proud about where you’re going in the next life. Be glad we have a chance to get there. And tell others about it so they don’t lose that chance.
Have a great day guys! Be a patriot of America, the Earth(independence day :-P) and Heaven on Monday!