I think that often - probably too often - I take my freedom for granted. I have lived in these United States of America all of my life. Growing up there were times I did not feel free, but that was because my parents and other adults in my life were wise enough to put some boundaries on my freedom! Today, if I stay within the limits of the law, I am pretty free. I get up each day, go where I want to go, do most of what I want to do, come home at night, and have a nice comfortable bed to sleep in. It’s not that I am entitled. It is just that the freedoms I have in America allows me to live my life that way.
Then there is the freedom that I have in Christ. I coined a saying a few years ago that sums it up: “Love God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and then do whatever you want.” I know at first that just sounds wrong, but here is my take. If I am really pursuing God; if I love Him with all I have, then all I do will be an outgrowth of that love. My freedom is to be who God created me to be. That is when life has the most meaning and the most joy. I can cast away all the things other people want me to be and focus on Him and His plan for my life. I am free to be me!
The ultimate for me in marriage are those days that Nancy and I both embrace the freedoms that we have from living in this great nation and the freedoms given to us by our amazing God. In this life, I don’t think it gets much better. Happy 4th of July to each of you!