What does freedom really mean?
Take 30 seconds to define freedom. You may have had the image of a person walking out of prison or maybe remembering yourself when you turned 18 and moved away to college and out of your parents control.
Freedom is not only physical but also emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Freedom means to no longer be affected by the old way of thinking. It means to take that thing that once captivated you and turn it into the biggest testimony of your life. I was once captivated by public speaking and now I am here expressing my voice every week. The moment when I experienced freedom in my mind was when my life started to take a drastic turn.
What if I were to tell you that choice that you were about to make today will no longer be valid tomorrow will you make the better choice?
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2
Because I was one of the youngest in my family, I didn't get to have too much freedom because 90% of the time I had to do what others were telling me to do.
How this effects us in our daily lives.
I am the 6th child of 7. For those who know what it's like being the youngest, you know that we don't get too much saying in anything. For this reason I was raised without having my own freedom to do what I desired. This is the cause of my struggle with making my own decisions today. I am the girl who is the last one to order at the restaurant and 9 out of 10 times I see what other people are ordering and copy them. Ooops….guilty. This may not seem like a big deal but it can be. First of all, everyone is always waiting on me to order. But in the real world, this can cause someone to stumble when they are making crazy life decisions such as: should I take this job over that one? I struggled with making up my decision for my major in college because I didnt want to get disappointed with my choice. I mean, this was something that I would have to do for the rest of my life.
There are always downfalls with such decisions. I ended up switching my major a couple of times before I finally said to myself that I will give it a shot. My decision making struggle caused me to spend more money on college and waist time plugging along in school. I guess there are consequences for "bad choices".
I could not make up my mind as to what to order to eat at the restaurant and by this point the waiter is now hovering over and I have five sets of eyeballs (people from my dinner party) staring at me thinking "just order already”! I am now trying to quickly decide between the shrimp and the salmon. So I go with the shrimp because its less expensive and I am really trying to stay on the budget. My Order comes and I find myself disappointed once again, because my shimp are too dry. Now I wish that I had ordered the salmon.
How many times do we struggle with choosing the “right” answer and because decisions making is so foreign to us, we often make the wrong decision.
So with being constantly disappointed with our decision making skills we stick to the "same old thing,” day after day, and year after year.
Hey friends, this is the year of freedom. Step out and order the salmon. So what if its not exactly what fits your lifestyle right now, but in the long run, you have lived a life without regrets. Because who knows, maybe that choice that you were about to make today will no longer be valid tomorrow.
Whats holding you back from making the biggest decision of your life? Is it money, time, comfort? all these things will still be an issue IF you don’t step out and make your choice. I challenge you to change your career that leaves you drained and empty. Don’t worry about what others people are doing because when you stand before the living God, He will ask you what you did not what they did.