Punishable By Death

Today our country turns 236, which got me thinking about its beginning, specifically the Declaration of Independence. Its 56 signers represented all walks of life—doctors, lawyers, farmers, even an indentured servant. Still, each had something in common: a willingness to put his life on the line for a cause that would make a better future.

Their document, declaring independence for the 13 colonies, was not just a statement. It was a declaration of freedom from the tyranny of King George III, and it was considered an act of treason punishable by death. These men had the most powerful army in the world after them. Declaring their identities with their signatures put their very lives in danger.

When John Hancock signed his name in a large, sweeping script, he was not merely being bold. He was being brave. He knew the risk, and he was all in.

Everything in life that’s worth it comes at great risk and sometimes at a price. Think of everything you have achieved, and I’m confident you won’t be able to think of anything worth it that was easy.

Just as these signers stated that they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, I ask you to look at what drives you. What starts a fire inside of you? What are you that committed to?

You may not beget a new nation. What you do may not come to affect hundreds of millions of people. No matter what walk of life you come from, you can do something that will affect you and those around you. And you will know that what you did was worthwhile.

What will you put your name to?