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Freedom to Be


When contemplating life choices, we all wanted to be someone.

Especially growing up as kids, career choices are often altruistic in nature. Most children I grew up with wanted to be either a police officer, fireman, or engaged in some sort of public service. However, it is interesting how these choices change with time. It seems as we grow older, we become more focused on individual choices that benefit the one over the many.

How do we change what we cannot control? The answer to that question, actually, does not lie with us.

Looking at Scripture, we see time and time again that every man, woman or child who made a decision with their own interests at heart eventually failed, even if their best intentions were not entirely wrong.

So how do we guard against this? It seems that we need to go back to the purpose behind why, or namely, who made us.

When speaking of His chosen people, God says:

But now, this is what the Lord says, he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

- Isaiah 43:1

In other words, if we are God’s chosen people, we don’t have to try and find worth in our own life choices, career paths, or accomplishments; in fact, we find that we are considered worthy by God all along, simply because we are His.

We actually have the freedom to be His, and that’s worth celebrating.

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