Years ago, when my son was early elementary aged, as we traveled in our conversion van, we watched his two favorite shows over and over, 1776 and Field of Dreams. They both had elements of history in them.
If you have never seen the musical 1776, I urge you to watch it. It tells the story of the struggle of getting the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence to agree. The decision was that every colony had to agree to sign, or it was not happening. There were many people that wanted to remain subjects of the King of England.
The original document that Thomas Jefferson wrote was taken apart bit by bit as disagreements ensued. These men knew that while the southern states felt they needed slavery at some point in time the issue would come back as it did eighty plus years later.
The bravery of these 56 signers amazes me. Nobody would have given them much hope of securing freedom for a new nation. This had never been done before. These men knew that that had to “hang together or they would surely hang separately” as they were all committing treason against the King.
Many of the decisions we have to make today are small in comparison to the decisions of or Founding Fathers. It took enormous faith and belief in their dream to form a new nation, to risk the example the British would have made of them had this endeavor had failed.
The next time you have a BIG decision to make, look at it as easy. The Law of Relativity states that nothing is good or bad, big or small until you relate it to something else. Relate your BIG decision to that of founding a country and committing treason.
Walking the streets of Philadelphia around the historic area, thinking that we were walking the same streets as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock and all our other Founding Fathers put me in awe of their foresight and courage.
Did they know that this “great experiment” would be an example to other nations? Did they know it would be a place where people would risk everything to come to this country? The signers gave their lives, their fortunes, their brilliance to found this country. We need to preserve it for the next generation.
Then we need to follow their example and lead with faith and courage.
To Your Success,