This is one of my life’s most embarrassing moments and the lesson I learned from it. I mean, what’s the point of having an embarrassing moment if you don’t learn something from it.
About a dozen years ago on the Fourth of July, Rev and I were out for date night . . . ready to enjoy an evening of dinner and conversation. I was relaxed and mellow.
As we climbed out of the car, I noticed a TV news crew walking down the street in our direction.
My first mistake was making eye contact with the reporter and showing interest. My second mistake was agreeing to answer her question on tape.
Seriously . . . BIG MISTAKE. Take my advice. Look away or better yet, get back in the car.
The reporter put the mic in my face and asked, “Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?”
I am a former elementary school teacher, and all I could think was – I don’t know, fireworks, barbeques, picnics. I’m just out for a relaxing evening, and you have asked me to engage my brain on history of all things. (Not my best subject.)
Are you kidding me?!
Unfortunately, instead of keeping my mouth shut, I said, “It is the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.”
She politely corrected me saying I must have meant the Declaration of Independence.
And I began begging her to leave my little moment of brilliance off the air.
I know this kind of mental lapse could never happen to any of you, but if it does—here’s a quick history lesson.
The Declaration of Independence was approved on July 2, 1776.
A committee of five: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman were appointed the previous month, on June 11, by the delegates of the Continental Congress to write a draft of their intent to be free of the British Government.
The next two days were spent going over actual wording and by the Fourth, the final draft was approved and sent off to the printer for publication.
On July 19, 1776 the New York delegation joined the others, having been the only ones to deny their approval initially, making the decision to secede from Britain unanimous. At that point the handwritten copy with which we have become familiar was prepared, and signed by most of the Congressional delegates on August 2, 1776.
If you will allow me . . . Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July? (Okay, I know it still has nothing to do with the Constitution.)
Whenever the Declaration of Independence was signed, it was approved in the draft we know – on July 4, 1776.
I’m thankful for this courageous group of men, for their dream of freedom and willingness to sacrifice everything.
So, if someone should ask you this weekend, “Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July.” You can answer with confidence, “It is the day a group of very brave men approved the Declaration of Independence so that you and I might live in freedom.”
Oh, one more thing…
My hope of my little brain lapse not getting air time were shattered the following morning at church when several friends told me, while laughing hysterically, that they’d seen me on TV.
And that was embarrassing!
The 1st Week in July
Grace Houle shares her faith beautifully at
Poured Out His Love.
She says, “when I witness or hear testimonies of lives
that are changed I know it is a miracle, and
I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
Her post – Why I Choose to Say Blessed Instead of Lucky
is not only an excellent read, but shares perfectly
why I have chosen the same.
Go over to be blessed by her words and her
Tara is An Aiming High Wife
She describes herself as, “an active duty spouse,
new mommy, overzealous crafter and Pinterest addict.
This blog is for those out there that find the fun and
adventure out of daily mishaps and never take
themselves or their attempts at Pinterest too seriously!”
Please take a moment to read
What the 4th of July Means to Us –
a look at the holiday from a military wife’s perspective.
Then stop to look at her DIY inspiration.
Brenda is Chasing Holiness –
Footpaths of Faith in the Everyday Places.
She says, “So much of God’s presence falls to rest
in the ordinary corners of our lives—oh,
that we’d have eyes to see.”
I love her thoughts on being a “reserved extrovert” in
the post – Alone in a Crowd.
by Michael Dougherty on Flickr
May your celebration be blessed and joy-filled.
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