No doubt there’s
N O T H I N G
A C A R I N G C A T A L Y S T
C O S T S
Yesterday, on the Fourth of July
millions across the Country celebrated
Independence Day. . .
It probably went largely unnoticed
isn’t F R E E
In this world
S O M E O N E S
truly pay the price
for people to be free. . .
Go back to the very signers of
The Declaration of Independence
ALL 56 of them
paid with what you can’t cash in a Check
they won the war with the British
there would still be years of hardship as a struggling nation. . .
If they lost
they would have faced a hangman’s noose. . .
and yet there it is where it says,
“WE HEREWITH PLEDGE OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES, AND OUR SACRED HONOR.”
They signed it. . .
but do you know what price was paid for those very signatures?
The late, great Paul Harvey
in his broadcast on July 4, 1974 reminded us
That Carter Braxton, a wealthy planter and trader, after signing saw his ships swept from the seas to pay his debts. . .He lost his home and all of his property. He died in rags
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That Thomas McKean of Delaware was so harassed by the enemy that he was forced to move his family five times in five months. . He served in Congress without pay–his family in poverty and in hiding
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That Thomas Nelson, Jr of Virginia raised $2 Million on his own signature for provision for our allies, the French Fleet. . .After the War he personally paid back the loans which wiped out his estate; he was never reimbursed by the government and he died bankrupt
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That John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside while she was dying; his 13 children fled in all directions for their lives. . His fields and gristmill were laid waste and for more than a year he lived in forests and caves to only return home from the War to find his wife, dead, his children, gone, his properties, gone only himself to die a few weeks later of exhaustion and a broken heart
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Of all the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence
few were long to survive. . .
Five were captured by the British
and severely tortured before dying. . .
Twelve had their homes
from Rhode Island to Charleston
sacked and looted
occupied by the enemy
or burned. . .
Two of them
lost their sons in the Army
One had two sons captured. . .
Nine of the 56 died in the War
from its hardships or merciful bullets. . .
They had learned that liberty is so much more important
than security. . .
For T H A T they pledged their lives
their sacred honor. . .
They fulfilled their pledge
They paid the price
AND FREEDOM WAS BORN
T R U T H :
I didn’t give that much thought
with the second helping of potato salad
the extra piece of apple pie
and certainly not during
b u t w h y. . .
why not think
give second thought
that being a Caring Catalyst
or even at the very moment
doesn’t come with a cost. . .
P A Y I N G
which leads to the ultimate question
On the Fourth or the Fifth of July
or E V E R:
Are You Willing To Pay IT?
They did. . .
D O Y O U ?