It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace²but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
In the final decade of his life, my grandfather woke up every single day at 7AM, picked a fresh wild flower on his morning walk, and took it to my grandmother. One morning, I decided to go with him to see her. And as he placed the flower on her gravestone, he looked up at me and said, “I just wish I had picked her a fresh flower every morning when she was alive. She really would have loved that.” As you can imagine, my grandfather’s words touched a nerve in me. And over the years I’ve often reflected on what he said that morning, and how his sentiment relates to everyone and everything I care about.
Thirdly, having this new relationship with God, a Christian has a new life now. A Christian can now love and follow God. We do that supremely through following Jesus wholeheartedly, in gratitude and submission. Now Jesus is the Master of the Christian’s life and we call him"Lord". And it is not a lonely fight"God gives his Spirit to help us, we have God himself living in us to help us live a life pleasing to Him! So being a Christian means having our whole lives turned around, from fighting against God to living for God, with the help of His Spirit.