I wasn’t planning to post anything for the 4th… but sitting on the love seat tonight (it’s 10:16 PM at the moment, to give you an idea of the crazy schedule our family lives), I suddenly got an urge to write about freedom. My brother is playing electric bass to a Southern Gospel song. Mom is frying fish in the kitchen for supper. And my little sister is sitting on the floor playing with Playmobil. I know that that isn’t exactly a picture of our independence, but I don’t know. It just made me want to write.
And while thinking about the 4th of July and what it means to our country as our Independence Day, I began pondering what freedom means for us individually–and not just as a country.
According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, one of the definitions for freedom is: “A state of exemption from the power or control of another; liberty; exemption from slavery, servitude or confinement. Freedom is personal, civil, political, and religious.”
Most people focus on the civil and political aspects of freedom this week. I want to focus on the personal and religious side. I’m not just talking about freedom from sin by salvation. Today, I just want to simply muse about a few of the things that I have found freedom from spiritually.
Probably my biggest one is freedom from fear. I am still a fearful person, but I’m not in bondage to it anymore, praise the Lord! It still comes back, but by God’s grace I can conquer it.
Self-deprecation is another struggle I have been overcoming. I do still struggle with this a lot, because I have never been one to build up others and especially not myself. I’m trying to work on the building up others part. But I am my own worst critic, and this is a journey that I’m still very much in the middle of.
I want to encourage you this Independence Day to find one or two things that God has given you freedom from. Then spend a minute or two and thank Him for those things. I’m thankful for freedom from fear and for being able to embrace who God has created me to be. What are you thankful to be free from today?