Do you ever misplace something that’s important to you? You don’t misplace something intentionally—you just forget where you left it.
There is an interesting guy in Alabama. He is known as Alabama’s “Flag Guy.” You may have seen him at funerals or high-profile events with his American flag. His purpose is to give visibility to the flag, to raise awareness of the meaning of the flag, and to spread patriotism.
Now he has misplaced his flag. He last had it in Pensacola, Florida. He doesn’t think anybody has stolen his flag—he has just misplaced it. He is asking for help to find the flag.
We have misplaced the real meaning of July 4th. We need to find some more Nathan Hales who said, “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”
I read where someone thanked a veteran for his service. The veteran gave an interesting reply when he said, “If you really want to thank me for my service, join me in making this a nation that’s worth dying for.” Think about that.
A basketball star found her misplaced American spirit. Brittney Griner spent almost a year in prison in Russia. She was stripped of all her basic rights and went through an unjust trial. She is 6’3” tall and was placed in a cage that was so small that she couldn’t even stand up.
She had led professional basketball players to refuse to stand for the National Anthem. After being denied the freedoms that the National Anthem and flag had given her, she began to remember. She was released and came back to the United States and recently played in her first professional game. She shocked people when she stood for the National Anthem. She was asked about the big change, and she said, “Just being able to hear my National Anthem, and see my flag, I definitely want to stand.” I wish all of America could find our misplaced patriotic spirit and want to stand!
Where are the Patrick Henrys today? Are we willing to say with him, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”
We need to find our misplaced boldness to speak about the freedoms we enjoy. Speak up! Many people prefer to be quiet than to speak out. Silence is not golden—it’s yellow!
A bold young graduating senior at Woodmont High School in Piedmont, South Carolina, Lydia Owens, was the valedictorian of her class. In her address to her senior class, she shared that her mom had passed away. She said, “When tragedy struck my life, it was not my grades or my accomplishments that helped me navigate through that loss. When everything else in my life felt uncertain, the only person I could depend on to stay the same was Jesus.”
Guess what? The entire crowd began applauding. She went on to say that this changed her whole perspective because, “I realized that I spent many years placing my worth in academics that meant absolutely nothing in eternity.”
It’s a birthday celebration time for America. Have you inadvertently misplaced something that you need to find? I hope the Alabama flag man finds his flag. I’m glad that Brittney Griner has found a new perspective. I am glad that Lydia Owens has found the boldness to tell the truth to her fellow graduates and to the world.
What have you misplaced?