Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom. Marilyn Ferguson
Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose. Simon Weil
The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe. H. L. Mencken
There are very few truly free people. The vast majority of those believing themselves to be totally free have self-imposed limits to their freedom. We may be free as far as living in a country that values personal liberty and freedom of choice, but many are limited by the balls and chains existing on the inside.
To be truly free requires freedom from self. Many think the right to vote and to physically go and do as we choose as freedom. This is freedom; it is an important freedom, but it is not total freedom. The freedom to be does not exist on the outside; its foundation exists in our inner being. True freedom happens from the inside out. Many of us with “miles”, age, and life experiences have become more aware of our self-imposed limitations.
We may be mostly free, but are shackled by inadequacies, limiting beliefs, doubts and fears. Fear of failure, of making mistakes and of taking risks restricts freedom. We hide in comfort zones. Those who are addicted to smoking, overeating, drinking, or other vices or compulsions are not free. True freedom exists on the inside and is manifested in how we live life. Anything restricting, controlling, or preventing development of our true potential hampers our freedom. Blaming parents, environment, or anything else reinforces our lack of freedom. Many people have a job which they hate and are unsuited for. On the outside a person is free to change jobs; on the inside they are not sufficiently free to find one that is ideal. Whether it is insecurity, fear, debt, lack of confidence or one of many other things, there is something enslaving this person. This person is not free.
A person may be imprisoned or may live where physical freedom is restricted, but they can be free in the manner that is most important; they can be free on the inside. Our bodies, movements and choices can be controlled, but only we allow our minds and spirit to be enslaved or controlled. It takes strength of will, determination, purpose, discipline and other strengths to declare our freedom to be. We can be free by throwing off the restrictions imposed by our inner slave master. Our lack of freedom is our own choosing. Many choose this because it is less demanding in many ways. Those who are truly free have chosen to be.
Challenge: Your life is about choices. It is about personal responsibility and accountability. Managing life and doing it to the best of your ability is your primary calling. It should be dynamic and proactive. Falling asleep at the wheel has costs and consequences. You are where you are because it is where you have chosen to be. If your life is less than it should be or where you want it to be, it is because you are limiting yourself to where you are.
Wisdom: What is freedom? It means not being a slave to any circumstance, to any restraint, to any chance. Seneca
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and I will be given to him. James 1:5
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
Some believe that in order to be free requires freedom from living by God’s demands. It is just the opposite of this. We cannot be truly free without having a personal, spiritually oriented life that includes God in it. We may be free in the eyes of the world, but our soul and our mind are far from free. True freedom is freedom that exists from the inside out. This freedom can only come from God’s Holy Spirit. He will lead us to true freedom.
Prayer: Help me to be free from my inner self and from the ways of the world.