What true freedom isJuly 6, 2023 2023-07-06 16:07
What true freedom is
What true freedom is
In the depths of our souls, there is a profound longing for a life filled with meaning, joy, and fulfillment. Yet, so many of us find ourselves trapped in a state of fear, hindered by past traumas, failures, and pain. We hesitate to pursue the life we truly desire, believing ourselves unworthy of God’s blessings. But let us embark on a journey of discovery.
Have you ever encountered someone whose eyes seem devoid of life? It is as if a veil of hopelessness has shrouded their very essence. Our eyes, the windows to our souls, lose their brilliance when fear holds us captive. We fail to live. We may continue to exist but just like the living dead. However, we are not alone in this struggle.
In the book of Isaiah, we find these comforting words: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV). God assures us that He is present, ready to lift us from the depths of our fears and insecurities. With His strength and guidance, we can break free from the shackles that hold us back.
Choosing Life and Embracing Pain
Richard Paul Evans, in his insightful book “The Walk,” offers a powerful reminder: “The only real sign of life is growth. And growth requires pain.” How often do we avoid pursuing our dreams and desires because we fear the pain that may accompany them? Yet, it is through embracing challenges and walking through the valleys that we experience true growth and receive God’s abundant blessings.
Reflecting on the life of Job, we witness a man of complete integrity who faced unimaginable hardships. Job questioned his suffering, yet he never lost faith in God. In the midst of his trials, he exclaimed, “Though he slays me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15, NIV). Job teaches us that our troubles do not define us; rather, they serve as opportunities for God to manifest His power and faithfulness in our lives.
The Journey of Life
Ernest Hemingway’s masterpiece, “The Old Man and the Sea,” echoes the biblical truth that life’s true reward lies in the journey itself. The story of Santiago, the resilient old fisherman, reminds us that purpose and fulfillment are found not in the destination but in the courage and integrity with which we navigate the challenges before us. As we seek purpose, the words of the Apostle Paul guide us: “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14, NIV). Let us fix our gaze on the divine calling that awaits us, embracing the trials and triumphs of the journey.
The Danger of Default Living
David Foster Wallace, in his thought-provoking commencement speech “This Is Water,” warns against the perils of living a “default setting” kind of life. It is easy to fall into a self-centered mindset, where we perceive ourselves as the center of the universe. However, true freedom lies in transcending this default state. The Scriptures encourage us to renew our minds and adopt a selfless perspective. In Romans 12:2, we are urged, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (NIV). By shifting our focus from self-centeredness to love for God and others, we break free from the chains of fear and experience the transformative power of God’s love.
David Foster Wallace reminds us that everyone worships something. We have the choice to worship false gods like wealth, power, or intellect, which only lead to emptiness and disillusionment. Instead, we are called to worship God and serve others with selflessness and compassion.1 Peter 4:10, says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (NIV).
Let us redirect our worship toward loving and serving others, for in doing so, we find true purpose and fulfillment. In our pursuit of purpose, we often overlook the transformative power of caring for others. By sacrificially serving and meeting the needs of those around us, we experience genuine freedom and discover the infinite beauty of a life dedicated to love.
Jesus, the ultimate example of selfless love, taught us, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26-28, NIV). In imitating Christ’s selflessness, we unlock the fullness of life and find our true purpose.
Let us break free from the chains of fear that hold us back from living the life we desire. By embracing the challenges, pain, and growth that accompany a purposeful existence, we open ourselves to God’s blessings and experience true fulfillment. Let us worship God and serve others, cultivating a heart of love and compassion. In doing so, we discover the freedom that comes from caring for others and living a life that transcends the limitations of self. May our journey be marked by faith, courage, and an unwavering commitment to pursue a life of purpose