Friday, July 6, 2012


I've been thinking about freedom, since the 4th was Wednesday. People in America always talk about freedom. Everyone makes a big deal about being free, but what does it really mean? When I was in grade school, kids used to say, "It's a free country. You can't tell me what to do." Is that what freedom is?

Honestly, I think it's a very tricky subject. It's hard to describe. I think a basic definition would be that freedom entails the ability to choose something, without having any confines or restraints. I feel that freedom, in the worldly sense, is always going to be limited. There are always boundaries. It's only when we step out of ourselves, and respond to a higher calling that we can cross any lines that exist. Love does that all the time. There's often no rhyme or reason to it. We fall in love with someone from a different race or religion or whatever, and we can cross the lines that have been set.

I've been struck by God's meaning of freedom. Remember, freedom means you can choose anything you want, without being forced. By our very nature, our bodies fall into sin. We're almost compelled to it. It's attractive and easy and pleasurable. God, though, in His infinite wisdom, created humans with a body *and* a soul. When we forgive someone instead of taking revenge, for example, we embrace our higher nature that comes from our immortal soul. We allow Love to come in, so we can reach across the boundaries.

The beautiful thing about God's freedom is that it is complete. He gives us each a choice. It's *our own* choice. He gives us the option to live free, or live enslaved. Enslaved. That's such a terrible word and idea. Picture thousands of men, women, and children, chained to huge weights, preventing them from moving. Picture the way the chains cut into their wrists and ankles. Picture their faces, full of despair and sadness. Picture them being forced to work, when they can hardly stand.

It's so sad, so hopeless. The miracle is that it doesn't have to be that way anymore. We can be free. My whole body and soul thrills at that word. Let's be free!

God gave me a choice. He set me free to live, seek after, and be whatever I choose.

I choose to live at the foot of the Cross, looking up into Jesus' loving eyes, covered in His precious, healing blood.
I choose to seek after the grace that comes through suffering and the offering my desires. 
I choose to be present with Jesus, wherever He places me, whenever He moves or holds me. 
I choose to be God's child in every aspect of my life and being. Every thought, word, and act will be for my Jesus.
He has given me abundance. I will share His abundance with everyone, so that I participate in bringing about the Kingdom of God, when He will be all in all. On that day, there will be no more suffering, hopelessness, sorrow, or heartbreak. On that day, we will all be truly and completely free. 

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