Food For Thought

Monday-July 4, 2011

Independence Day

I remember the days I thought I was independent and the day I understood what it means to be free. They are two very different things. No one is ever really independent. We are all dependent on someone or something. The independence of any country, including this one (US) is its freedom from being governed by another country, but to sustain itself it is dependent on other “independent” countries and some “dependent” ones. We couldn’t really survive without being dependent. The question is what we choose to be dependent upon. What will we choose to sustain our life? Thus individual freedom itself is about making a choice about sustenance. We either choose to be sustained by the world or by the Holy Spirit. For those who are seeking perhaps this piece of information is helpful. One is temporary and the other is eternal. In all honesty, my own day of freedom wasn’t all that long ago. I spent a lot of years thinking that I was independent when what I really needed was to be free from a life that was always temporary and dependent on a life with the eternal.

Ps 145* 145:1-9; Deuteronomy 10:17-21; Hebrews 11:8-16; Matthew 5:43-48