Things I'm Thankful Fourth 🇺🇸
Happy [belated] 4th of July everyone!
Every year I am more and more thankful for this country. It’s not perfect, but it was never meant to be. And I deeply desire to have an impact on this country someday. There is so much beauty and good to be done here.
So, to celebrate, I wanted to share a short list of things I’m thankful for America-wise. So, in no particular order:
I’m thankful for…
…the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Seriously, re-read these two documents. Last time I did, I was just filled with awe at the brilliancy and beauty of them.
…the Founding Fathers. These imperfect men created a country from basically scratch, uniting 13 very different colonies into one nation. Not many can say that.
…the veterans. Every generation who gave their lives for freedom, be it the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWII, and those in the service today.
…the ordinary American heroes. The normal men and women who stepped up, took ownership of this nation, and took steps to stand up for what is right throughout history. I’m looking at you MLK and Harriet Tubman.
…inspiring American movies. Seeing Saving Private Ryan was a game-changer for me. I remember weeping in a film class watching that movie. Band of Brothers got me even more. These films and others (The Hurt Locker, Hacksaw Ridge, and 13 Strong to name a few) have encouraged me to love our country, be thankful for our vets, and seek its benefit. They remind me of the power of film and storytelling to both motivate audiences and honor those who have gone before us.
…the freedom to worship. I’m a Christian and I am incredibly blessed to be able to worship my God without fear of imprisonment. There are many many countries where people are not free to do that.
…the freedom to speak. Not only can I write this blog post, but we seek to give a voice to the voiceless.
…the American ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I am free to have my life consist of laying my life down for others. I am free to become a servant to all. And I am free to pursue what I believe to be happiness, aka my God.
…a democratic republic. We are not ruled by a mob nor by a tyrant, but are set up to be ruled by those we’ve chosen to represent us. What a gift!
…George Washington. A humble man of faith who stepped down from power when he could have become a king.
…Abraham Lincoln. An imperfect man who persevered through family deaths, depression, and a country at war with itself to bring freedom to those enslaved.
…for a country dedicated to growing and changing. The Founding Fathers new we would evolve which is why we are a country founded on ideals and “self-evident” truths. Soooo goooood.
…for a country where I can be as actively involved as I want. I am not mandated to serve my government, but I’m glad I have the freedom to.
…for historians. For those people who write things down and keep old things so we can keep learning.
…for a diverse nation. We get the incredible benefit of being filled with people of all different beliefs, nationalities, backgrounds, and cultures. There is so much richness in that.
…for the opportunity to pursue dreams. The opportunities to invest in the things I love.
…for the opportunity to have a voice to impact this country. Like I said, I want to bring good to this country. Free speech, free assembly, and the internet helps!
…for the opportunity to live in any state I want. Kinda random, but how amazing is it that even within our nation we have thousands of different communities within our 50 states? If California ever drove me crazy enough, I can leave! ;)
…for the ability to vote. Every vote matters because our country matters.
Here’s to many more centuries, America!