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graphic: Martha G. Brady

graphic: Martha G. Brady

What does it mean to be free?

Am I truly free to do whatever I want

Whenever I want to do it?

 

In our young years, that was our dream

That we would be able to no longer have to go to school.

That we would be married and able to do what we wanted.

 

It is laughable from my perspective now.

From the very beginning of our “freedom”

We discovered that we had all kinds of limitations.

From the very beginning of our freedom we discovered we had all kinds of limitations. Click To Tweet

 

Money often limited our freedom.

So did our jobs.

We needed to be doing them for an incredible number of hours!

It tended to cramp our style in terms of freedom…

But without a job we had less money and even less freedom.

 

Then there were things we wanted to do

That we couldn’t always do on the timetable we wanted.

One of those for us was to have a child.           stop

From our first pregnancy until our first healthy child

Was born, more than 2 years passed.

 

I’m sure you have your own examples  of ways your freedom was limited.

Yes, the choices we made that often limited our freedom the most,

Were the most valuable.

 

Having children taught us to sacrifice our lives for someone else…

Losing sleep, taking them to lessons, helping with homework,

Praying for them as we watched them grow into very unique individuals,

Waiting for them to come in after dates,

Watching them grow into adulthood and now,

Parenting their own children.

 

The years they were home were busy, and we were more full of energy.

It seemed there were always deadlines and needs.

It was impossible to meet all the demands on us.

But it was also fun as well.

 

We learned that freedom is rarely what it seems.

Freedom often carries its limitations

On what seems to be a “free” life.

 

Later, it turns out the bondage we took on

Allowed us the freedom to love and serve others

In ways that taught us what true freedom really was.

It turns out the bondage we took on gave us the freedom to love/serve others & taught us what true freedom really was. Click To Tweet

C. S. Lewis said it well.

Learning to adore and obey our Creator

Teaches us true freedom

Doesn’t it?

“You shall love the Lord your God 

with all your heart and with all your soul

and with all your strength and with all your mind,

and your neighbor as yourself.”

Luke 10:27

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