Independence Is Soooo 1776: Why Dependence is all the Rage

independence vs dependence

Yay, It’s Independence day! U-S-A …U-S-A!

I hope that you are enjoying your day. Instead of the typical tribute to our great country, I wanted to take this somewhere unexpected. I was having trouble figuring out where that unexpected place was. So I laid on my sofa, closed my eyes and really let the word Independence, ‘marinate’ in my mind. The feelings that I experienced were completely unexpected. I felt anxious, uneasy even lonely.

What the heck? 

in·de·pen·dence: freedom from outside control or support : the state of being independent

Typically there’s a sense of empowerment behind this word . . . right? I was honestly confused and shocked by my response. It caught me off guard, in the way an allergic reaction would.

Why, do I feel this way? . . .Then I realized that it all came down to my faith.

I believe that dependence is written on our hearts; We should naturally crave it. Yes, you heard right . . . Dependence — here’s why.

Since the time of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:18), it was made clear that we need help, support someone to depend on.  Adam was alone, and it was NOT good. He needed a helper, and God created Eve. Come on y’all, if God Himself didn’t think it was good, chances are. . . It’s. Not. Good.

Secondly, we have a loving God that wants nothing more than for each of us to DEPEND on Him. We find it time and time again in scripture.

“It takes a village . . . .” I’m certain that you can finish that sentence. When I hear people say this I realize that the isolated independent lives we live and strive for here in America isn’t ideal.

de·pen·dence : the state of needing something or someone else for support, help, etc.

It’s interesting, that the word independence exudes power and strength; conversely, dependence — weakness. When I think about dependence (with out preconceived notions), I feel joyful. having someone to depend on, not having to take the load on my own, being able to turn to God; are all extremely freeing.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)

[9] Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. [10] If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. [11] Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? [12] A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

Lets open our minds to new interpretations of old ideas. Stop being so old school! You just may be surprised what new views come your way.

Of course there are exceptions. Like in the case of America. Her independence is totally something to be celebrated! Back in 1776 America knew who to be independent from . . . and Who to depend on. 😉

Happy Independence Day.

–John Adams wrote this in a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.


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