This week I have been pondering freedom. Obviously, the 4th of July and freedom are synonymous, but can I share a secret with you guys? I AM KID FREE FOR ALMOST 2 WEEKS! (Thanks Grandma!) Seriously friends, if that doesn’t scream freedom to y’all I’m not sure what does.
All the silence and uninterrupted sleep have left me more than a few moments to access my intellectual side and ponder my life choices. (As well as give me ample time to polish off the kid’s stash of ice cream.)
The question that keeps coming to my mind is this: what is holding me back from FEELING free ALL the time?
Let’s take a gander at a few snippets of what the Word has to say about freedom (spoiler alert, it’s Christ who sets us free):
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.Galatians 5:1
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.John 8:36
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.2 Corinthians 3:17
Into your hands I commit my very life. Lord, set me free. You are my faithful God.Psalm 31:5
I know we have all heard those verses before and I can think of at least 10 songs with those lyrics. Why then is it so hard for myself and the women I love to feel that freedom on the daily?
Ask literally any mom, overworked wife, or career woman if they feel free and I’m pretty sure that you will be met with a snarky laugh and the answer will contain phrases such as “too much to do,” “never enough time for myself,” and “overwhelmed”.
While those statements are undoubtedly true and rest and soul care are a real and necessary thing, I refuse to believe that the answer to what is holding us back from feeling free lies in the fact that our daily lives are a cluster of too much to do.
My kids, although prone to screaming and fist fights, are actually pretty cool little people whom I enjoy being around. Although I am gaining a lot of free time (and silence), their absence isn’t an automatic trigger for my SOUL to feel free.
So what am I getting at here you may wonder? Here is my point ladies: instead of brushing off your soul aches (i.e. all the guilt, shame, sadness, depression, and unworthiness you have been sweeping under your proverbial soul rugs) and blaming them on the circumstances and conditions of your daily lives GIVE THEM TO CHRIST.
Don’t believe the lies of our culture that tell you that freedom only comes when your daily life is simple and your cares are traded for a beach vacation.
Simply simplifying your days and getting a break from the daily grind are just bandaids that are easily ripped off when another wave of stress comes crashing into you. All the muck inside your soul can only be cleaned our for good when you GIVE IT TO CHRIST, every other method will only fail and end in resentment and tears.
Don’t you love how I made that sound so annoyingly simple? Well, sister, it is. That is the bedrock of salvation. Christ died to set you free. The end. Chapter closed. You just have to make a decision to trust Him and believe that He loves you enough to simply allow you to let go everything that this world tells you is “unletgoable”. Your past, your shame, your guilt, and anything else you are harboring under your rug: when Christ died for you on that cross He gave you the freedom to drop it at all at the curb like the trash that it is and move on.
Quit waiting for your life to get less overwhelming or for your next vacation to feel those tiny and fleeting moments of freedom. Drop to you knees and give it a go right now. My kids secret ice cream stash has nothing on the sweet taste of everlasting freedom that is already yours for the taking.