In our previous post, we talked about 3 Reasons We Become Slaves. All of us have found ourselves bound to something at some point. The question is, what does it take to be free?
Freedom has never been achieved simply or easily either as a country corporately or for yourself individually. It does not matter if you want to be debt free, free from an addiction or escape a situation you feel has you bound. If you want to live a life of freedom, there are some specific things it will require. Here 3 things that you will need in living the life of freedom.
You Must Be Intentional
Freedom does not happen by accident. You must be intentional. Living a life of freedom must be done on purpose. The majority of people who are stuck in a situation want relief and may even find it temporarily. But to live in complete freedom, it will require you to be intentional about every decision you make: how you spend your money, with whom you spend your time, what activities fill your calendar. Rarely will we stumble upon the answer or some random act that solves all of our problems. It will not be a single decision either. One decision may put you on the right path but true freedom will require you to consistently make the right choices every day. Depending on how severe your situation is, it may require intentional decisions every minute of every hour. Your path to freedom will be lined with purpose.
It Will Require Patience
This is the hardest part for most people. We can make a decision to change things in our life. We can even start in the right direction, but we struggle with the patience it takes to achieve freedom. I have seen this play out in my own life at times and in countless other people as well. You rarely get into debt overnight and it is unlikely you will get out of debt overnight. That addiction will take time to defeat. Your health will require time to improve. Your marriage will get better over a period of months and years. Your few intentional decisions will not solve everything instantly. Freedom is a journey more than a destination.
You Will Need Help
It is rare for us to achieve the freedom we need alone; we usually need some help. This may come in the form of a course or book or it may come from a counselor or friend. A small group might offer us the encouragement we need or the guidance that is necessary. Whatever form help comes in, it is necessary for us to achieve freedom. Help gives us advice and offers us accountability. It gives us guidance and helps us stay the course when we are ready to give up. Most of us have some weakness or blind spot that has caused the problems we are attempting to solve, so finding the right people to walk along beside us will be critical to our success. We can get into bondage all by ourselves but we will rarely get free from it alone.
I want to encourage you today that no matter what your situation looks like, you can achieve the freedom you desire. Be intentional. Have patience. Get the help that you need. A life of freedom is the life you want to live.