May 29, 2007

Freedom is Costly

I hope today finds you with an attitude of gratitude. As an American and one who is growing older and also wiser. I've discovered that Freedom isn't free...It's costly. Somebody else has paid a price so that today, I have the freedom to sit behind this keyboard and say whatever I want.

Way to often we take advantage of this freedom and a lot of times, we misuses it as our rights...rights to spew whatever we want. But let me share a wouldn't have that right if somebody else did pay a price for you to have it.

I sat back today and stared into a newspaper clipping I cut out in October after the World Trade Center tragedy. It's a picture of a cross of steel beams that was found amidst the rubble discovered during the clean-up. The men in the picture had their heads bowed as they were reminded that freedom cost.

As I remember all the service men that had given their lives for me and all the wars that have been fought so we can experience our freedom, I also remember the Police Officers the Fire Fighters, the Peace Officers even the people who seem to be unimportant that have given up their lives so that we can have a day off and go play in the water or go to a park and enjoy our freedom. But I can't figure out why people don't stop and appreciate what they have been given.

I want to give you a thought found in the Bible: It's in the book of John 15:12-14 (NCV) "This is My command: Love each other as I have loved you. The greatest love a person can show is to die for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I have command you."

Today; your freedom really started off when Jesus Christ proved His point by dieing for you, His friends. There are people all over the world that have come to understand and accept this fact and understand that their freedom was paid for dearly and freely.

Today we have people serving our country so that you can go outside and play and not be as concerned that an enemy is going to spoil your picnic plans or you plans for a summer vacation.

My heart cry for you today is that you will open you eyes and see that Jesus gave His life for you so that you can be free. Our young men and women are doing the same.

Please stop for a moment and be grateful that you have the freedom you have today because somebody else paid a price.

If you have a loved one who has died in service...with all my heart I say thank you. and I want you to know, The price they paid is not forgotten.

God Bless America

Jim "DoughBoy" Brady.