Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Only Freedom Worth Having

My family spent the 4th of July together at home. We watched movies, played outside, and grilled out for dinner. When the sun went down, my husband lit up a glorious, thrift store version fireworks show for us and the neighbors next door. He laughed and shook his head the whole time and we all cheered wildly as if we were witnessing the fantastic fireworks display at a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game.

Despite the regulations in place for Covid-19 and little to no large gatherings taking place, our day was spent in joyful celebration, reveling in our freedom the way we always do. The freedom to be at peace amongst ourselves and enjoy another beautiful day on this planet is a blessing. We have that freedom all the time, no matter what is going on in the world and regardless of any twists and turns we’re witnessing in the political realm. We have the freedom to choose happiness and live content, despite our earthly circumstances.

We have that freedom because true freedom comes from Our Creator and no one, not one single person or event, can take that away.

It’s a difficult time for the world right now. There are opinions of every kind flying at us from every angle. No one can seem to agree on anything. If you’ve spoken your mind about something in the last six months, you’ve likely never felt less heard. But I promise you – when you shut down all the noise from the outside and focus on God; when you pray more and talk less about what’s bothering you, you will find the freedom you’re looking for. I'm not saying it's bad to educate yourself and stay current on the issues. As citizens of the country we live in, that's our responsibility. But if we spend all of our time obsessing over what's going on and despairing over everything we can't control, we'll just be overwhelmed and unsatisfied. When we get on board with the fact that God runs the show, we get to experience the only freedom worth having. God-given spiritual freedom. And that freedom covers over every single part of our lives.

Hear me out:

Nothing in your life is new business to God.
None of the current events are a secret to Him.
None of this has caught Him by surprise.

He’s got this. It may not always feel like it. But He does.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. ~2 Corinthians 3:17‭-‬18

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