Posted by: New in Every Way | July 4, 2012

FREEDOM: EXHILARATING—AND FRIGHTENING

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are . . . endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (Declaration of Independence).

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty . . .” (Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln). 

“Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” (U.S. National Anthem)

“It’s a free country.”

How many ways can we say it? Americans love freedom.

But even in America, people have to choose to be free. That’s easier said than done. Freedom is as frightening as it is exhilarating.

It’s easier to work for a boss who takes advantage of you than to leave and start your own business. It seems disrespectful to be the person God made you to be when your family, community, or church friends expect you to fit in with them.

Looking at a biblical example, Abraham had to leave behind everything he had ever known, for an unknown future, to answer God’s call for him.   It wasn’t easy, but he had experiences we can only envy. And, think about this—it wasn’t  just about him. By cutting loose to freely follow his destiny, Abraham became a partner with God in his plan to bring heaven back to earth.

 

Making It Personal

  • How important is it to exercise your God-given freedom of choice?
  • What difference will it make for your own satisfaction, self-respect, and happiness?
  • What difference will it make, in the long-run, for those around you—even the ones who don’t approve of your choices at first?
  • Can you be destructive by exercising your freedom of choice just any old way? Will God guide your choices if you sincerely ask?

 

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