“So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.” John 8:36 (The Message Bible)
Before writing this blog, I spent time meditating on the word freedom. It sobers me to think that throughout the history of our great nation, while one group of people exercised their freedom to settle in the United States, Native Americans lost their freedom to roam the land they inhabited before the white men came to America. And, to remember that it took a document, signed January 1, 1863, to give freedom to a whole race of people. The Emancipation Proclamation said, “All persons held as slaves…within any State or designated part of a State, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”
For me, freedom simply means that each day I can choose what I want to do—a reward for being retired. However, with my new-found freedom to choose comes responsibility. Should I choose to text while driving (I can hardly text when not driving) or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cause an accident; or should I cheat on my taxes and get caught; or if I overeat, abuse drugs, become a couch potato and have a heart attack, then the consequences of my actions will seriously limit my freedom to enjoy retirement.
Dear Lord, may we never rob the freedom from anyone else while exercising our own free will. Amen.