We take it for granted, don’t we? We are free, we’ve been free for over two hundred years, and it’s hard to imagine living any other way.
We can go anywhere in our country without any special documentation or passing through any security stations. We have laws that provide many rights and freedoms. We can buy what we want, where we want, anytime we want. Our freedom is sweet. Sometimes though, we experience some limitations.
Most of the time, these limitations are not documented, or even publicly acknowledged. Sometimes age will be a cause for limitation. If we are seeking employment in our sixties, we may have a difficult time finding it. Our skin color might be a factor in where we find a home. Our religion might cause us to be scorned or belittled in public places. These restrictions are wrong, often illegal and are difficult to change.
We sometimes restrict ourselves, without even realizing that we’re doing it. Our restrictions are inner, not outer. But they are just as binding, just as limiting. Our restrictions come when we believe that we are less than, that we are flawed in some way. The beliefs that we embrace as we go through life can be empowering or limiting. Do we think that we are capable of successfully achieving a goal, or do we believe that we always fail? Do we think we are prosperous, or do we believe that we’ll always have to struggle financially? Do we believe that we are vibrantly healthy, or do we buy into the notion that we have inherited bad genes?
Scripture tells us that “The Truth shall set you free.” What is this Truth? The Truth is, we have been created in the image and likeness of our Creator. We have divinity within us, and it makes us potentially whole and perfect. I say potentially, because often we don’t realize this Truth. As we know and live Truth, we become more and more Christ-like. Knowing and living life as one with God is freeing in a beautiful way. Outer restrictions become much less important, and our inner restrictions dissolve. We are free when we choose to be. And it is sweet!