Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011
in How To, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual, Values
Braveheart’s William Wallace declared, “I am William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to fight as free men… and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?” 1
What will you do with that freedom? This week I’m exploring the theme of freedom.
Freedom and me have not always been good friends.
My parents taught me to respect people, animal and things, work hard and live a law-abiding life. They did their best.
I remember simple things like my boundaries. For instance, “Where can I play?”
Once my parents determined that I was old enough to play alone outside, I could only play in the yard. Having grown my boundaries expanded to my side of the block, corner to corner. Later I got to carefully cross the street having looked both ways to assure it was safe.
Here is the street and the direction I traveled to Mark and Keith Hill’s house.
Sadly, a couple of years later the Hill’s moved three blocks away. It was so far away.
Life got pretty exciting when I could finally go three blocks away to visit my old neighbors.
Remember your curfews? Home by 7:00. Home by 8:00. Home before it was dark out.
Eventually my parents stopped stating boundaries and giving me a curfew.
Not to say they didn’t still exist, but they stopped saying and I certainly didn’t ask for one. I only knew that there were boundaries when I tried to break one.
One Christmas Eve my friends and I — on a romantic whim — drove from Chicago up to Green Bay to sing Christmas carols to my then girlfriend Amy. It was a great idea until a sleet storm and treacherous roads compelled us to turn back when we were more than an hour away. As my parents complained about our plans to drive to Green Bay I realized that my parents wanted me to have boundaries.
I didn’t understand their logic then, I do now. My daughter is traveling throughout the Midwest this summer and I am concerned about her safety just like my folks were for me.
As I grew and their influence diminished I explored my freedoms. And, so have yours.
What boundaries and curfews did you grow up with?
“It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules.” 2
We you more a rule-keeper or a rule-breaker? How did that work out for you?
You and I have a responsibility to choose to use our freedom wisely. What will you do with your freedom?
1 – You can watch the William Wallace speech on here on youtube.com or read other quotes from Braveheart here on imdb.com.
2 – 1 Peter 2:16, MSG