Am I making good use? A reflection for the 4th of July

This Independence Day, in between the hot dogs and fireworks, before the parade and after the festival, take a minute to ask yourself: Am I making good use of my freedom?

Do I vote?
Do I serve?
Do I educate myself and others?
Do I participate?

Do I fully justify the centuries of ideals, blood, risks, mistakes, triumphs, lies, values, ideas, and visions that make up today's United States of America?

God, I hope so. And if I don't, may I start today.