I am so thankful that I can be in church this morning, praising God and not worried about what awaits me as I leave. I am so thankful I can get in my car and listen to my Christian radio station and drive down the road waving my hands in worship with my windows down, not fearful who may overhear. I am so thankful I can go to lunch with my family and openly pray over our meal without worry of being arrested. I am so thankful I can listen to a friend's need for a Bible, drive a block away and purchase one for her without fear of being found out--or worry that a Bible won't be available. I am so thankful that I have the choice to school my children at home, or a Christian school, where I can teach them about God and not need a security fence around that building to protect me from those seeking to stop me.
And in all my thankfulness I wonder...have we lost the sweetness of our freedom? Do we daily wake up and comprehend the privilege that we have, honor those who fought for it, and desire to protect it? Or do we take it for granted?
Do we let fear stop us from sharing Christ when we really have nothing to be fearful of?
I don't have any pretty pictures today to go with this. I don't have any funny words. Just a simple reminder that every day we need to live in complete thankfulness for the freedom we still have: the very basic freedom of religion.
Share Him today.