I lived in Europe for over seven years, and I've visited scores of other countries. These were wonderful experiences, but I've never found a country I like as much as my own.
It's natural to love our country. Citizens all over the globe think their country is the best. And that's good because our birth-country is part of God's plan for us.
Acts 17:25-27 says, “God began by making one person, and from him came all the different people who live everywhere in the world. God decided exactly when and where they must live. God wanted them to look for him…though he is not far from any of us” (NCV).
You are here for a reason! God decided when and where you would be born, which parents you'd have, your abilities and personality. You are part of His story--your life has purpose and meaning.
May that thought give you joy today!
Have a blessed 4th of July!
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
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