To live in a land in which each individual has the right to life and liberty is a glorious privilege. However, with free agency there comes responsibility. If man is to be rewarded for righteousness and punished for evil, then common justice demands that he be given the power of independent nation. If man were coerced to do right at all times or were helplessly enticed to commit sin, he would merit neither a blessing for the first, nor punishment for the second.
The history of the world with all its contentions and strife is largely an account of man’s effort to free himself from bondage and usurpation or to protect himself in the freedom he possessed.
There cannot be happiness without free agency. If the soul feels circumscribed, harassed or enslaved by something or somebody there cannot be true advancement, But, when a man uses this God-given free agency to encroach upon the right of mother, he commits a wrong. Liberty because a license, and the man a transgressor.
Man’s success or failure, happiness or misery depends upon what he seeks and what he chooses. In each of our daily tasks and activities let us exercise our free agency in a manner that would insure our own happiness and the happiness of our family, loved ones. And those with whom we associate. Our freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give.