Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
Freedom is on my mind. In my opinion, freedom is one of our highest values.
And yet, true freedom includes understanding that we do not have the ultimate say, the ultimate choice or the supreme will.
“Responsibility means obligation, and obligation must mean a curtailing of freedom.” 1
“Humans love freedom like fish love water. They pretty much have to have it. Now, of course, what humans also love is having decent, clean, productive, emotionally rewarding lives. And that (curse that Adam and Eve!) means work. And work (curse that Adam and Eve!) means responsibility.”
Most of use resent responsibilities imposed and loath “curtailing of freedom,” fortunately our Creator empowers us to curtail our freedom – our selfishness – to make the world a better place.
I’m happy to say these freedom limits may be work, but they increase our happiness.
God values community and the cause-effect of “curtailing of freedom.” Time and time again the God inspired Scripture-writers to teach that thinking and living for “one another” is “curtailing” our freedom…and world-changing.
Be devoted to one another in love.
Honor one another above yourselves.
Live in harmony with one another.
Accept one another.
Instruct one another.
Encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace.
Serve one another humbly in love.
Bear with – put up with — one another in love.
Be kind and compassionate to one another.
Forgive one another, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Inspire one another on toward love and good deeds.
Do not slander one another.
Don’t grumble against one another.
Stop passing judgment on one another.
Love one another.
Yes, when we use our freedom to “Love one another!” it will make the world a better place. This is mysilentscream.
1 – From Midlife Manual For Men by Stephen Arterburn and John Shore