John 8:36 "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
I'm so thankful that I was
lucky enough to be born in a nation were we have so much freedom. But I have been thinking,
are we really free? There are many different kinds of prisons and many different
ways a person can be bound. We live in a country where we say we have freedom of speech
and yet some of us don't even have freedom of thought. We let other people trap
us into trying to be someone they think we are. Suppose someone told you that you were worthless or
stupid, you might believe them and never really try to learn, never really try to be successful
at anything. A child who is continually told he is bad may never try to be good because
he believes he can't be good! How many times has some suggested to you that your hair
might look better in a different style or that you needed to lose or gain weight and caused you
to start thinking of getting a hair cut or start eating differently? Have you ever been told
that what you do is not really important? How did that make you feel about yourself?
People that make derogatory remarks about you do not have your best interest at heart and you
should not let them make you feel bad about yourself. God wants us to live free lives
and that includes freedom to be ourselves and to feel good about ourselves. He does not want
us to spend our lives trying to live up to someone else's expectations.
I was watching
a talk show the other day and they were doing makeovers. The women's daughters had
brought their moms in for a makeover because they were outdated. I saw an improvement
in some of the women but there was one in particular that I noticed. In her before shot,
she had on a neat suit and pumps; her hair was neat and flecked with a little gray. She had
on minimal make up but looked very pretty, I thought. When the makeup artists and hair
stylists got through with her she had on a black leather skirt and jacket, boots and had short
red hair! They made her into someone she wasn't and she even remarked that she felt
uncomfortable dressed that way! Of course, everyone assured her that she looked fabulous and
should always dress that way. How ridiculous!
Some of us fall prey to the
suggestions of others too easily. Oh, the power of persuasion! Don't let others dictate
who you are! Free yourself from the persuasion of others! If you are a good
housekeeper, make sure it is because you want to be and not because someone else
thinks you should be. It drives my husband nuts because I have to have the beds made no
matter what. That's just the way I feel. I feel awful if my beds are unmade!
That's who I am! And after 35 years of marriage he still seemingly can't accept that.
Do you nag someone else about something? Well stop. Let them be who they are!
This is really the only true freedom we have in this life, the freedom to be ourselves, and
most of us die trying to be someone else!
I HOPE YOU ALL CAN ACCEPT YOURSELVES FOR WHO YOU ARE AND LET THOSE AROUND YOU FEEL
FREE TO BE WHO THEY ARE!
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