Happy Freedom Day! Here’s an interesting experience I had that was an eye-opener: During the Cold War, I went on a Summer missions trip to Eastern Europe & it was still heavily under communist control. Before we crossed from West Germany into the Eastern Bloc, we went through all of our luggage to make sure that we didn’t have any kind of “contraband” that would be considered anti-communist. At the time, I was taking a correspondence course on US History & my leadership informed me that I wouldn’t be able to take my text nor course work with me because it presented a different view of history than what was politically acceptable in Communist nations. Of course this threw me for a loop because I had to hurry up, finish everything & mail it back to the States. This experience gave me some unique insight into the significance & power of freedom that we celebrate in the US every year on the 4th of July.
Here’s another thought about freedom: everyday we get to celebrate freedom in our choices & decisions. Consider what Viktor Frankl had to say about freedom: Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Viktor Frankl was a concentration camp survivor. His thoughts about freedom can be very insightful – we carry with us everyday the freedom to chose our actions & attitudes 🙂