Thankful for Freedom of Expression

On Day 13 of the 30 Days Thankful Challenge, we’ll spend some time feeling grateful for free speech.

Do you take for granted your right to express yourself freely, both in person and via online platforms?

Imagine a world where you weren’t permitted to express your real opinion about the leaders of our country or whomever was in charge of whatever organization.

Imagine if using a certain word or making a certain implication about your nation’s president resulted in imminent death, torture, or both.

It’s not pleasant to think about. But this is a grim fact of daily existence some countries. And freedom begins with saying what you want, but it doesn’t end there.

In some parts of the world, there’s a long and oppressing list of rules that must be followed and sentiments that are not to be expressed to the public, verbally or in writing.

Have you considered the vastly powerful tool that we have at our hands, which can be used for either the betterment or detriment of society?

It’s the internet, and it’s your choice what to do with this incredibly powerful tool that humans created.

How will you choose your freely spoken words wisely, on the internet?

Will you take advantage of the opportunity for free speech? Expressing your good thoughts, sharing the ideas of others, can be easily accomplished with a blog or social media page of your own.

What sorts of free thought will you fill up your pages with that you share with the entire world?

Today, give thanks for the freedoms granted to the citizens of the country where you reside.

Give thanks for the military servicemen and women who sacrificed their quality of life and even died for our right to free speech.

Ephesians 4:15 – “But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ.”

JOURNAL EXERCISE:
Practice free expression that does not insult or degrade others.

In the spirit of gratitude, why not make today about expressing yourself freely but in a way that does not promote hate or negativity?

Humans could stand to improve their word choice and increase awareness of others’ opinions, perspectives and ideas.

Try opening up a discussion on social media that does not denigrate into exchanging insults or cutting down the ideas of other people.

Instead, why not have a conversation that lifts others up and acknowledges that there are many different ways to handle a problem, and more than one may have merit.

If you’re a die-hard liberal or die-hard conservative, practice refining your political and social message to the world in a way that does not verbally obliterate people on the other side.

Remember that free speech need not include finger-pointing, blaming or name-calling.

Day 14: Thankful for Natural Resources that Power and Illuminate Our Lives

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