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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Independence

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Beautiful

Let us not take it for granted.

Let us not take it for granted.

To Be Or?

Yesterday was the big day for many folks. Independence is a sought after state of being. I got my independence right after my 17th birthday. Mom and I went to court and I was given independence. I think technically it was called emancipation. Just imagine the reasons why a mom would want to give independence early. I was all those reasons. Independence to me meant I could pay someone else rent if I wanted to and could sell my car all by myself. Nothing changed.

A Hard Road Sometimes

Moms don’t tell you what to do because you have to do it. They tell you because they think it is right. I cannot speak to moms much who do it differently. I have known some but they bewilder me. On the other hand a mom will restrict dangerous activity for a little boy because of the risk of injury, even though she knows full well that playing soccer hard and getting hurt is part of growing up. The alternative is not pretty. The lack of independence is more damaging to the psych than a physical injury ever could be. (Easy please we do not refer to the infinitesimal number of serious life altering injuries)

You should have seen the look on my high school teacher’s face when he told me he was calling my mom. I showed him my paper and told him he had to deal with me about me. His eyes got as big as his tiny hands standing a full 5ft 5in next to my 6ft 1in buffed frame. Then I told him I was filing a complaint about how he treated me. The pug nose nearly deflated to the floor in front of 25 kids. Obviously I did not stay in his class any longer. I wrote the administration a note asking that I be transferred to a more reasonable teacher. Boy did that guy Williams laugh.

Turns out the age of majority is 18 and many of my classmates were technically no longer minors and could be in charge of their own education. The idea being that whereas I went and got my independence those who just got it naturally did not treasure it. Or exercise it. Or even know it. Why disrupt their cozy home under the parent’s roof? Perhaps better to remain a “dependent”.

Yes that is a long way around to get to the point that independence earned instead of just given is more valuable, forever. Bless those who “earn” my country’s independence every day.

My Boy is Learning Piano

Come Along

Let's be free.

Let's be free.

Rules to Real Freedom

Independence and my God’s love. In my walk and belief I am given freedom. I do not need to earn that freedom. God just plain gives me what we call free will. I do not deserve it, it is only by grace that I have it. Most do not even give it much thought. But it really is one heck of a burden. Oh it does not need to be but if you really take time to think of it in a spiritual sense it is a responsibility. I like the Book of Exodus in the Bible. In there Moses gets some tablets that lay down the law on how to exercise free will. They are the easiest commandments in the world. There are some must do’s and some “shall not” do’s. Honor is a must and killing is a never. It tells us that lying is not a good call and that faith in God is a great call. We later learn that with all that said. God is a God of love and in fact God is Love.

Use It or Lose It

So we have wonderful independence. Do we cherish it and protect it and exercise it or do we just take it for granted. On this very day there will be thousands who literally fight for freedom around the world. There will also be those who struggle hard to take freedoms away. My job is to pay attention and judge what takes away freedom and what gives it.

Rules of churches are very interesting. Any rule no matter how small takes away a freedom if it is enforced pleasantly or by power. I saw one person write to another person that they cannot enjoy the Kingdom of heaven if they did or did not do certain things. Well for me, I go with that and have a simple rule that must be followed that will make all other rules secondary. I do not have to follow this simple 3 part rule but I chose to and life is better because of it.

If you know me you know the rules. Love yourself, all others and God with all you got. If you follow that rule(s) then you “got” nothing left to violate the other rules. My real freedom requires simplicity. Oh I wax on about certain scenarios, like the next one, but the bottom line nearly always comes out the same. Any hardship, challenge and question can be answered in the above rule.

Pacific

An Ocean of Peace.

An Ocean of Peace.

Splendored Thing

Wonderful Dependence

Yesterday on the 4th I took a walk through my neighborhood with one purpose. To see flags waving in our perfect breeze. I had heard that out of some kind of fear people were not flying their flags. I guess some other people go around attacking the flag and therefor the home and people therein. Wow! But the big wow was the seeming truth. Very few flags. Not to worry mine is pretty in the wind, besides that it is pretty anyway. Oops did I say flag? I meant flags.

In some homes the family is dependent. Your old school, father works and mom takes care of household. Both, and children, dependent on each other. Hmm. I know there are families like that but I cannot say I know one personally.

But that makes us wonder about having someone dependent on us. Does that take away our independence? I would say that it does and the proportion is the same as being dependent on another.

But in stopping and cogitating on that nugget of truth we see the beauty of our little system. We are dependent on each other. Isn’t that great! We need each other. Especially when it comes to spiritual awareness and love. While we are not interchangeable we do need the interchange. Next time you are feeling worthless, look up and around. You and only you can in some ways fulfill the need of another and it fact other(s). Your love is unique and needed to fulfill the great circle and intertwinement of love or our universe. (Meaning universal not including the maligned planet Pluto. Or just maybe love makes worlds go ‘round.)

I am going to work on being more dependent today. I am going to be needy of the big love. I am going to need the person halfway around our world. And I am going to need my lovely family. Hey, time to break out that phone again and spread some love and get some loving. And maybe, just maybe I can spread my love to those dependent on it.

So yahoo for independence. I love that freedom that allows me to love whoever, whatever and whenever I chose. And I chose the here and now. It would please me to extremes to think that this sermon spread some love to those in need as it is filling me up with love.

Comments

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 06, 2020:

Thank you Mary. You sure are right on that facet. So important to accept.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 06, 2020:

It is hard to be dependent when one has tried to be independent as we grow up and how much we value it once we have it. It is hard for us to get help from someone. Maybe, when we allow ourselves to do this, our world will be much better. Thank you for bringing this up.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 06, 2020:

Flourish you you a right. I will really make an effort today. In the day to day it kind of gets harder for the random love giving.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 06, 2020:

Devika today we will travel and have a fun "road trip". Destination - who cares?

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 06, 2020:

Your message of love is beautiful. There are so many around us needing small or large gestures of love.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 06, 2020:

Hi Eric lately everyday feels the same. It is a great day to make celebrations feel normal

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 05, 2020:

Ruby we are having a gay old time this weekend. But then again my wife was amazed it was the 4th. By golly lately everyday is a day off ;-)

Our neighbors were out of control last night. My son loved it. Not a siren all night long.

I just don't care that much anymore. They can call me names but I still think life is pretty darned good.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 05, 2020:

I feel so blessed to live in a country where we can celebrate with fireworks. Our neighbors across the street had a beautiful array of fire crackers and shooting stars, plus we watched Macy's display while playing 500 rummy with friends. Life is good and we shared our love. Your message was top-notch, and BTW our flag was blowing a cool breeze.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 05, 2020:

Most excellent Linda. I will see you in a bit.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 05, 2020:

Theresa I thank you very much for supporting this piece. We are so blessed to have the time to discuss such matters.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 05, 2020:

Eric, Nelson Mandela said, "To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." Can't argue with that. If you get a chance, hop over to my blog and read my thoughts on Independence Day.

We're on the same page buddy. Thanks again for spreading the love.

Teresa Maru from Kenya on July 05, 2020:

Eric you blessed me with this piece and reminded me of some vital life elements; God’s love, and that we are not deserving, everything is by grace! And lastly we have a choice to be independent not as the world gives, to live whoever or whatever without remorse!

Thank you and happy independence today and always

Teresa on July 05, 2020:

Eric you blessed me with this piece and reminded me of some vital life elements; God’s love, and that we are not deserving, everything is by grace! And lastly we have a choice to be independent not as the world gives, to live whoever or whatever without remorse!

Thank you and happy independence today and always

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 05, 2020:

Bill here is a fact; When I didn't need anyone my life was a mess. Oh a big shot here and there but just a wreck inside. Thank God for others like you.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 05, 2020:

Pamela, I am looking forward to a wonderful day. As we say "This is the day that the Lord has made, I shall rejoice and be glad in it!"

Thank you for helping me to set my tone.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 05, 2020:

Manatita, that sounds like a wonderful conference, certainly nourishing. Ah these days. I wonder just what kind of change this season shall bring for the truly is a season for all in God's creation.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 05, 2020:

Poor Mel no kisses and no fireworks. That stinks. Hey wait a minute I was in that same boat. No Koby's Swap meet fireworks was a bad idea for us Sprung Valley folks. It was nuts here with homegrown stuff until 1:30 am. I must say I did not hear one siren -- how did that work?

I am still working on this whole concept.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 05, 2020:

Thank you Ann. Every day can be a celebration. How cool about your chickens, I bet that is a blast.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 05, 2020:

See, that's the thing: I don't do well, as an adult, with independence. I need Bev. I need my kid and stepkids. I need my friends. I need you. Just shoot me if I start demanding independence from those people. I'd be better off dead.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 05, 2020:

I love this Sunday sermon. Amen to everything you said. I left home at 18, like so many others. I am more dependent now on those I love and care about. As you write these sermons the bottom line is always love.

Have a great Sunday. God bless you, Eric.

manatita44 from london on July 05, 2020:

Beautiful, Bro.

You can always be counted upon to see the different angles of Freedom. Bless you!

Yesterday was busy for me. I celebrated 4th July by sending out many cards, you included, then wrote an Article on the Spirit of America, which you have now seen, I believe. Yesterday was also Guru Poornima (The Guru's Day). So I sat for two hours in an online conference where I contributed devotional poems for 10 mins and listened, meditated and so forth.

Back to America and the 4th of July. I spent two hours in an international conference and heard some of the most sublime and lofty pieces ever, about Jefferson and America: readings, songs, tributes, arrangements, reminiscences and plays ... much more. I spent the 3rd hour in deep meditation. I was so moved!

All I can say is that there is a very fine line between ugliness and beauty. When rain water falls, we look at the earth and see mud. Yet hidden beneath are seeds, which rely on the rain and flowers that will become immaculately beautiful!

Our America is not far off, She just needs the right nurturing ... like the rain is to flowers; the farmer to the soil and add a touch more Spirituality ... of Love and we will reap an international bumper harvest. Jai America! Jai Lord!

Mel Carriere from San Diego California on July 05, 2020:

I took my lovely bride to the new airport Terminal 2 parking garage last night, where we parked on the third floor, all revved up to see the Big Bay Boom. "Just wait, best seats in the house," I told her. "Would you like to do a little necking while we wait?" She gave me a very stern look and told me to keep my hands to myself.

Of course, my fireworks were a dud. I was wondering why no one else was there, except one other family, who didn't get the memo that they were canceled, just like us

I don't know exactly what this says about independence, except that people have the freedom to make some very dumb choices sometimes. Yesterday was the least independence I have ever felt on Independence Day. We did see a lot of people shooting up their homegrown pyrotechnics, however, exercising their independence before the cops show up to take it away.

I really loved your sermon. On some level it applies to me, I just have to figure out how. Have a lovely post-Independence Day.

Ann Carr from SW England on July 05, 2020:

Amen to that, Eric! Love is all we need...

You project such enthusiasm for living, for enveloping your love around everyone, and that enthusiasm is catching because you describe it so well and you describe it with sincerity.

Hope you had a great day yesterday and that you continue to enjoy your independence and your dependence!

BTW we gave our chickens their independence yesterday - they were allowed out for the first time!

Ann