Thursday, July 28, 2011

Endowed by Our Creator

 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness …United States Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson is credited with writing the first draft of the Declaration of Independence.  He turned to a committee for polishing.  Careful consideration and deliberation was given to each word.  These first signers of the Declaration were bold.

Modern day government leaders sometimes delete key words written by our founding fathers in order to be "politically correct."  One missing word can change the meaning of a phrase.  Let's look at the quote above and explore two words, endow and Creator.

The definition of endow is to equip or supply with a talent or quality.  Our founding fathers wanted to make sure the world understood the source of our talents and included a reference to the Creator in the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Take a look in the mirror.  The image you see is a unique creation endowed by a Supreme Being.  The talents and qualities you possess are like no other in the world.  The gifts you have are unalienable, which means they cannot be taken away.

I admire our founding fathers for giving credit to God for the gifts we have and for acknowledging these gifts can never be taken away.  How will you use your God-given talents?

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