Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Courage To Be Free

I think sometimes we don’t know what we’d do if we were truly free. I don’t think we’d know where to go, how to act, or what to do. If we were free from that illness, free from that long-drawn-out spiritual battle, free from whatever it is that we claim holds us back - how would we act?

Sometimes in kidnappings they talk about how the victim grows attached to the abuser. A lot of us looking from the outside may be perplexed by this. We wonder how that could possibly occur in a situation that seems to be so horrible. Yet, it does. I think the same thing can be said for people getting attached to the very hardships they claim they are trying to overcome or would love to be without. They become attached to them.

When you come to know a way of life and get accustomed to living life that way, it can be hard to readjust your thinking to a different way of living. It can seem overwhelming. It’s almost as if you experience “loss” all over again because you are simply at a loss to know a different way of life! And it’s okay --- as long as you acknowledge it, give yourself time, and pray for guidance.

I believe that God wants to give us freedom. It’s not possible for everyone to experience that freedom here on earth. Not everyone will get the blessing of being cured or the miracle of a child after you’d been designated “unable to bear children.” Not everyone gets the chance for a fresh start at life free from an abusive spouse or alcoholic and verbally abusive parent. Yet the sad thing is, those who do, often remain victims even after they are free. They don’t grab hold to what God is offering them.

We all go through “stuff.” Some of us go through VERY painful stuff. But if you are offered a shot at freedom – take hold of it with everything in you! It’s okay to be afraid. It’s okay to feel alone. It’s even okay to revert back to old habits… for a time. But God has set you free. How much more loved can a person feel?

I know that there is courage in you. I believe that you have something special to offer the world and God was waiting for just such a time as this. I know that you can overcome what you’ve been through. You are a gift. You are a survivor. You are valued and you matter. How blessed you are to be one of the few to have been chosen – hand picked – by God to make it through to the other side of pain and be able to have a great witness and testimony from it! How fortunate you are that God pulled you though and felt you worthy of being an example, a source of help and support to others!

It’s time to let those old attachments go. It may seem scary at first but you can do it. You can become that person you always observed from the outside and dreamed of being. That person is inside of you – dancing, laughing, loving, and running…. Free. All you need to do is grab onto it. Hold onto God as He brings you out of the darkness and into the light.

The time is now. The time is yours.

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