I had the privilege of watching a swearing in ceremony at Rockefeller Center for those becoming United States citizens. And I must say, I was affected more than I thought I would be. I was especially impressed by the deep emotional response of those who obtained American citizenship. (Actually, it was very similar to the response of some after leaving the final installment of the “Twilight” movie series. People were literally in tears because they couldn’t believe the series was over- which probably says something about our values, but that’s another blog. :)) For many, American citizenship is a dream finally come true. And the journeys behind each story are pretty remarkable as well.
I couldn’t help but think of the difference between these citizens and those of us who speak so poorly of our country or those who are too apathetic to vote, or even more, those who waste the opportunities that abound as citizens of this great country. It is astonishing how quickly we can take for granted the very blessings that so many around the world would sacrifice dearly for.
I truly hope that you would embrace the rights, privileges and blessings that come with being called a U.S. citizen. But even more, I pray that you might consider the immeasurable blessings and riches that are yours as a citizen of heaven. As a Christian, I do not want to take for granted all that is mine as a citizen of heaven. How about you?
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