ON FREEDOM

“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?” Galatians 5:14

This Scripture met me as I desperately tapped my Bible app around midnight. Craving a word, a truth, some light, my heart drank fast from the never-failing River.

I am struggling with bondage to so many things! Not perhaps the taboo things that words like “bondage” can invoke, but the common things, like food addiction and self-righteousness and pettiness.

As I let me eyes move over every word in this verse, the phrases fell fast–a free life, don’t use this freedom to do anything you want, don’t…destroy your freedom, use your freedom to serve, that’s how freedom grows, that’s an act of true freedom, precious freedom.

Shivers and sighs and oh the lies.

Why do I let the lies of feeding my appetites drag me away from truth? Why do I think self-indulgence will bring me freedom?

Why do I find myself and that bag of chocolate chips in hand…every night?

Why do I find myself comparing myself with others when it comes to all their problems and happily noting that I would never…all the time??

Why do I find myself obsessing about stuff?

Do my bookshelves look farmhouse enough?

Is the carpet fluffy enough?

And the endless fingerprints and smudges on the walls! I don’t have enough magic erasers to deal with those….Sometimes I just can’t wait for Joanna Gaines to give me a hack on how to frame the fingerprints or retexture the walls in a way that redirects my eyes away from those spots and onto other things.

Thankfully, I don’t have to wait on her because there is already a way out! Tips and hacks and strategies are helpful and great, but they don’t deal with the underlying problem. It doesn’t matter how many things I do to hide them or how many quick-fixes–what matters is dealing with the heart of it all.

Catch those sighs and lies!

The moments I find myself trapped in cycles of over-indulging my appetite, my feelings, my thoughts, even are moments I can surrender back to God for His purpose. It’s not that He doesn’t allow me to enjoy good things, abundant blessings, because those He gives me plenty of, but they are gifts to be shared and used, not to be hoarded and stored up.

It’s so well-captured in these verses.

Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.

What can I do?

When this comes to the chocolate-chip sprees that I have so recently fallen victim of, I asked myself, what can I do? What does freedom and restraint and responsibility and enjoyment look like?

I let my desire to dive in drag me away and end up eating as much as I want. When I look at the consequences, I realize that that while I might enjoy the handfuls in those moments, my stomach, my mind, and certainly my scale do not!

When it comes to temptations to compare myself with others or tie myself up with pettiness…maybe that means asking how I can serve the person I am drawn to compare myself with or against.

And as for the stuff, we already know that it’s all fleeting! I really need to keep my mind set on the things above…those higher things!

I’m so grateful for the truth that Scripture continually illuminates. I’m thankful that God hasn’t let me wander alone but speaks and guides and corrects and directs through his Word and prayer.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

On to more discoveries, higher thoughts, and other things!

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