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"The sky is falling ... apart! The sky is falling ... apart!" he shouted while darting through the crowd dodging blankets, leaping over picnic baskets and hurdling every cooler.

Bolting for the car, my then two-year-old son, Scott, was almost a block away before I could catch up with him. "Stop!" I yelled. "It's okay! It's just the fireworks!" Misunderstanding the cause of the exploding sky, this determined little tike quickly lost his enthusiasm to celebrate the festivities and ran for cover.

Over 280 million celebrated the birthday of our great nation earlier this month with the usual picnics, family, friends, and fireworks. "E-e-ews" and "a-a-aahs echoed abound while brilliant fireworks exploded in the night sky celebrating our unique opportunity as Americans to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Over 200 years ago on Independence Day, fireworks exploded in the sky, but I would venture to say that our ancestors exploded more with emotional excitement and enthusiasm as they pursued and anticipated the freedom and independence awaiting our brand new country.

How ironic then, that the key to our country's independence today actually stems from the inter-dependence of yesterday. In fact, our country was built on interdependence. We harvested together, raised barns together, worked and worshiped together. We taught one another skills and shared expertise to survive. Otherwise, without appreciating and recognizing the value of interdependence, eminent failure would have persisted for our country - our people.

We knew then what we should know now. God revealed that the greatest commandment is to love Him. What's the second greatest commandment? We are to love our neighbors. "There are NO GREATER COMMANDMENTS THAN THESE." Whoa! That's serious stuff!

You might be thinking, "What can I possibly do for my neighbor - my country?" Amidst all our foibles and imperfections or lack of talent and influence, look around to see how you can bless someone - receiving nothing in return. (Careful, though. You'll probably be the one who ends up blessed!)

When we're intertwined in people's lives, there's more purpose and fulfillment. When we're connected to others, we experience "independence" from loneliness, solitude, and life without purpose.

No "buts." You can't tell me there's not someone out there who needs you right now. Start with one. And start today, because tomorrow may be too late. Act courageously and boldly be willing to join in where's God's calling you. After all, He uses the most unlikely characters to accomplish His purpose. He doesn't look for the perfect, He looks for the willing.

Allow me to make a 2007 Proclamation - embrace the remaining 364 days of the year as a declaration of "Inter-Dependence Day." Veto complacency. Reach out to your neighbor, be proud of our country with undiminished devotion, and love the one and only true God with all your heart. You, too, will experience an explosion - of joy and happiness! (And rest assured - the sky is NOT falling ... apart!)

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Task-oriented people ("Ds" and "Cs") enjoy the process of seeing a job take shape. Their focus is completing the task. For example, on Saturday mornings, they bring out all their necessary supplies and look the yard over (like a field marshal preparing battle plans). Pity the poor neighbor who strolls by, eager to chat. The "D" or "C" manages to wave, but they're thinking, "Oh no, I hope my neighbor doesn't stop to talk. I'm not out here to visit. I'm here to get the job done!"

Contrast this with the "I" or "S" people-oriented personality styles. They're working on the lawn with an entirely different motivation. Rather than driven to get the work done, they want a yard that pleases the neighbors. And if someone walks by, they're thinking, "Oh good. A new friend. Someone to talk to!" Life is for the purpose of enjoying friendships. The yard can wait.

Whatever your personality style, balance is the key! Work hard, but don't forget to plant seeds of friendships while you're at it!

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Veggie Pizza
  • 2 cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 1 pkg. 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 tsp. dry dill weed
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • Favorite veggies (carrots, broccoli, cucumber (Roma) tomato, squash, etc.).
  1. Separate cans of dough into 4 long rectangles
  2. Place dough in ungreased pan (press in bottom and up sides to form crust)
  3. Bake 13 - 17 minutes (until golden brown). Let cool.
  4. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, dill, and garlic powder until smooth. Spread over crust.
  5. Top with favorite veggies
Serve immediately or cover and serve 1- 2 hours later. Makes 32 delicious, yet easy appetizers. (From Pillsbury)
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  1. 1) What is the smartest state in the USA?
  2. 2) What state in our country is inside another state?"
  3. 3) What USA state is high in the middle and round on both ends?
  1. Alabama -- because it has four As and one B!
  2. Kansas is in Arkansas!
  3. O-hi-o!
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Fourth Verse
Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, "In God is our trust"
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Is it any wonder why our country has experienced such amazing success over the years? May we never lose sight (or become too prideful) of why we are the most powerful country in the world!
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Our hearts and prayers are extended to...
  • Those serving our country today.
  • Those who have served in the past.
  • Families and friends waiting for the return of their loved ones.
There is no greater love than a man or woman who has laid down his or her life for others. If you know of someone who has a loved one serving our country right now, please consider offering your appreciation, prayers, and support. We can lend a helping hand by offering to mow their lawn, take a dinner, run errands, watch their children and more. When we recognize their need, we have the opportunity to reach out and be a blessing, living with purpose in our lives. Let them know that we're in this together as a country who stands united. May God continue to bless the USA!

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