what is freedom?

This is a guest post from my hubby, Randy. Great thoughts! Enjoy.

Today we celebrate 236 years of independence as a country. The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence states:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Eagle Wings by contemporary Minnesota artist Sue Kemnitz

What is freedom?

Many great thinkers have tried to bring definition to freedom. Most have decided that freedom can only be defined by what it isn’t, by where the lines are drawn. Our legal definition of freedom, of independence, is that which emanates from our Creator. It emanates from God—it is a gift from God

Freedom is not the absence of restraint, nor is it doing whatever you please.

Freedom is the privilege and power to become all that God wants you to be.

Freedom is the opportunity to fulfill your potential to the glory of God.

Freedom is knowing that God has created us with tremendous potential. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Freedom is accepting that by living through and with Him “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

Freedom is not settling for less. David Crone from The Mission in Vacaville, CA compiled a list of decisions that define who they are. In fact they call them “Decisions that Define Us.” One of my favorites and one I have used at work is:

“We have decided that it is better to fail while reaching for the impossible that God has planned for us than succeed settling for less.”

Freedom is knowing the truth. In John 14:6, Jesus declares, “I am the way, the Truth and the life.”

Freedom is simply accepting God’s abundant Grace and Mercy:

“When I say… ‘I am a Christian’
I’m not holier than thou,
I’m just a simple sinner
who received God’s good grace, somehow”
Maya Angelou

“I thank God that I fear not” – Thomas Paine, 1776.

Question: What is freedom to you?

Happy Independence Day!

(Sue’s other half.)

Eagle Wings by contemporary Minnesota artist Sue Kemnitz
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