The online dictionary says that INDEPENDENCE is the state or fact of being independent. Additionally, it is having autonomy, sovereignty and freedom to pursue goals with God-given rights … the basis of our country’s Independence Day.

Like many, I share concerns of where our nation is headed. At the same time, I’m optimistic and enthusiastic about the future. Although I don’t understand where SNAP fits into things, I do acknowledge that the company’s creators are young, bright and taking us to new places because of freedom and independence (as well as their insight and ambition).

Most concerning is how some Americans, of all ages, have a skewed perspective and of independence. I won’t get political here. I’ll just say this … Be happy. Be thankful. Be humble. Be gracious.  And remember that our independence as a country is dependent on us, with God, to keep it that way.