For everything living there is a natural instinct for freedom. We have no desire to be bound up and confined to four walls. Even the animals in the zoo, if given the opportunity, would jump fences and dig tunnels to be free. There are many of us with the same thought today, we will kick, scream and fight back just to obtain our freedom.
I often think of the three women who were held captive for over ten years. Even in all those years, you will hear them say they never gave up hope. They wanted to be free. One day they saw an opportunity to be free. Even though they were fearful of the consequences, should they be caught by their capture while trying to escape, they knew freedom lied just on the other side of that door and they took it. I suppose they thought it was better to try than to sit there for one more second.
Most of us may not be in that dire of a situation, but regardless, we are still searching for our freedom.
It could be freedom from a bad relationship, freedom from past situations or circumstances or just to be free from the pain, worry and stress of life.
Revelations 21:4 says He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
God promises this eventually but how do we get that today?
Honestly we will never totally be free from everything we don’t want. As you know, life can be a trip sometimes. What I’m learning these days is that even through all the stress we may be going through, it’s up to us how we deal with it. Life doesn’t go away but how you deal with it makes all the difference.
Unfortunately, some choose the easy way out and commit the ultimate act of suicide. Yes it frees you from life, but that act becomes a burden on family and friends. By committing that act, stress and worry has been passed on to those who loved you.
One quote I’m reminded of is, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except bills and taxes.”
The majority of us will die with some sort of bills, debt, etc. Even those who have all the money in the world, still have to deal with life issues.
So how do I get my freedom? One way to be free is to stop allowing those life issues to be in the forefront of your mind. That may be easier said than done but you can take steps to minimize the focus you put on those areas of your life. Some things come to keep you in bondage but trust me, you can still be free. That freedom simply means you have taken back control. You become free from the grasp it has on you and your life. It’s all in how you look and react to current situations.
A few months ago I felt as though I would die. Stress and anxiety were eating me alive. I couldn’t focus on anything else. I got to a point where all I could do was ask for prayer. No one could free me but God. Some of those things I worry about are still there but I’m free from the havoc it was wreaking in my life. I gained strength.
You hold the key to being free. Whatever you have to do to be free is up to you. Take walks, pray, meditate, breathe, talk to a counselor and sometimes just saying no will give you all the freedom in the world.
You can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of you first. If there are stressors you are causing in your life, step back and look at the big picture. Sometimes that includes asking the hard questions:
- Does this person belong in my life? Do they encourage or hinder my well-being?
- Is this the only job out there?
- Do I really have to…?
And you may even have to point the finger at yourself:
- Am I uplifting myself or allowing negative thoughts to enter my mind?
- What can I be doing differently so I don’t allow the pressures of life to take its toll on me?
Throw negativity right out the window – negative people, thoughts, etc. Take your freedom into your own hands. Sometimes you have to grab it and run. I finally had a made up mind. I refused to spend one more day in misery. Plus stress can kill you and I just wasn’t ready to be taken out of here.
Please do whatever you can to be free. Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Fight for your freedom, whatever it may be. You’re worth it and once you realize it, no person or anything else will stop you.
You’re blessed! spw