The 4th of July in the United States is designed to be a holiday around celebrating freedom. Freedom from others who dictated how the Colonists should live, practice religion, think, feel, etc.
We celebrate our freedom now in 2011 with fireworks, cookouts, and parades. The question for you this morning is "what do you have to celebrate your freedom from?" Have you also been living as others think you should live? Are you feeling the ways others want you to feel? If so, today might be a good day to start living, thinking and feeling for yourself.
But most importantly, what can you celebrate TODAY that you are free of? Free of guilt? Free of having to work your dreaded job? Free of your past? Freedom isn't free. It comes with work, practice and intention. Now go celebrate that hard earned freedom! Go make some fireworks of your own.