I just have a quick question for you: are you really using your freedom and celebrating it, or have you decided to trade it in and actually remain captive? In the United States, we celebrate the Fourth of July, which is not just the fireworks and the things you get to do with your family, but really is to celebrate and remember what it costs to actually get the freedom that we enjoy.

I think of lot of us in my generation and younger, we’ve never really experienced a time of significant war where there was a huge cost for our personal freedom. So do we understand what the cost is, but also what the freedom is that we’ve been given, are we embracing it, are we celebrating it, and are we using it to the fullest potential?

I think a lot of people, even though we have this label of freedom in our country, trade it in for a different form of captivity. In other words, the freedom that we’ve been giving is first a freedom of choice, that’s really the big thing. We get to choose and direct our life how we see fit. We don’t have a government bearing down on us and telling us this is how you have to do things, this is what you have to do with your life, you have not choice because of where you were born or the family you were born to.

We get to choose: do we want to go to college, do we to work in trades, do we want to be in service, do we want to be an inventor, do we want to be an entrepreneur? We can choose whatever it is that we want. But as I’ve talked with people over the years, what I have found, myself included at times, is that we as a people are enslaving ourselves instead of grabbing onto that freedom and really going after it.

So instead of asking, what is it that drives me, or what is it that I can really contribute to the world, we ask what do I have to do to get by, what is it I have to do in this moment to pay my bills, or to just get to tomorrow or get to the weekend? That’s now what the freedom is that we’ve been given.

So I’m curious, are you living life truly free, or are living life in bondage, in a form of slavery by allowing other people to use their freedom to dictate your life? When you show up to work, how much you get paid, what kind of work you do, are you giving yourself a chain of feeling like you don’t have any choice in the matter, that you have no ability to change your situation?

I just want to remind you that you have freedom; you can choose to do something different. Not that it’s going to be easy, not that it’s going to happen right away, but you can choose to make that difference. Whatever the situation is that you’re in, if you are feeling like you’re enslaved to your job, or enslaved to your career, or whatever, I challenge you to use your freedom to change your situation, find something better for you and your family, and teach your kids what it is that freedom really is.

I’m just curious, are you feeling like your life is really free, or like you’ve subjected yourself to a new form of bondage? Drop a comment, let me know, would love to hear from you.


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