Freedom from anxiety, freedom from shame, freedom from guilt, freedom from bullies.
I enjoy that freedom because I made a quality choice to do the really hard inner work.
Importantly I must add – allowing God/Jesus/Holy Spirit to guide me along what has often been a pretty bumpy path.
I am fully confident, that you can follow much the same path to healing.
What is needed is a longing to be better, and a tenacity to stick with it.
Here is a really important point that must be made!
I profess freedom.
I own it.
But I must understand, and remember over and over again that this does not mean that EVERYTHING is perfect.
Actually, far from it.
Life on this planet is predictably unpredictable.
Everyone has trials.
Everyone has issues; physical, mental, and spiritual.
The deal is; how do we handle it?
I am free because I choose to, as the “littles” say “Let it go”.
I give it to God, and leave it there.
Let me be very clear, sometimes I leave it there once a day.
Other times it is every hour.
Scripture tells us in Romans 12, that we are a “Living sacrifice”.
Well, famous author and teacher Chuck Swindoll states that the problem with a “Living sacrifice”, is that they keep getting up and getting off of the alter.
I have to offer myself to God every moment, of every day.
There is FREEDOM in knowing that I have done the work, and that God reminds me all the time, that “He’s got this.”
Being certain of that, removes the weight from my shoulders.
I can walk knowing that whatever is going on, He is by my side, and that He won’t leave.
I have a handful of what I call LIFE VERSES, one for most areas of my life.
Here is one of my favorites;
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 54:17 (ESV)
Note, that it does not say that weapons will not be formed, it says they will not prosper.
Keeping this thought in mind, helps to keep the weight off of my shoulders.
It keeps my eyes looking ahead to just how God will show me what to do next.
Carrying that weight?
It is my choice.
Dropping it away from me is also my choice.
I need to recognize that some days are going to be more difficult than others, but the bad ones do pass.
What frame of mind will I keep until that happens?
And be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13: 5B (ESV)
If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. Proverbs 3:24-26 (ESV)
There may be one more installment for this Raw and Real series, or there may be a summary.
I’m not shy, but I prefer my times of peace and quietude.
Here is what makes me unique; I am NOT a fair weather friend.
(a person who stops being a friend in times of difficulty.)
In fact, I am quite the opposite.
I claimed the term “Rainy day friend” for myself.
(Rainy day friends are the ones who listen to us when life is difficult, and remain faithful in friendship and relationship when the rest of the world turns their back to us.)
(Hmm. I thought I made that up until I Googled it)
At any rate, I will come out of my quietness when summoned to help with a problem.
I am tenacious.
I do not give up or give in.
That being said, when the answer is found, when you have been heard, when our RELATEing has brought an answer to your anxiety, some sanity to your chaos, some relief to your pain, I’ll be on my way back to my own stuff.
I am so blessed to have gotten this gift from all that I’ve experienced.
We all need someone with which we can RELATE.
Not a hundred some ones, not fifty some ones, maybe not even a handful of some ones, maybe just one.
Remember this; Jesus was followed by masses of people.
He personally taught twelve, hung out privately with three, but really only RELATEd fully with His Father in Heaven.
My personal belief is that the last is the most important, but truth be told, the three is probably the one we should hope for here on earth.
(Unless your one is God!)
So do this please;
Redo your soundtrack.
After you do, or even while you’re doing it, find someone to RELATE your learnings to.