Monday, April 1, 2013

Free to BE

Kingdom Bloggers are shifting around again.  We like to keep things moving and having different voices.  I’m a returning KBer and will be filling the Monday slots.  This week your faithful scribes will be sharing our perspectives on freedom.  We will be answering the questions. What has Christ made us free to? What is freedom in Christ?

The first thing that went through my mind when I read those questions was the song – I am free to run, I am free to dance… Maybe you don’t know that song – if not, here it is:

But then I thought – oh yeah, Jenna is the dancer on KB so maybe I should share something else.
Freedom in Christ is a deep subject – it’s easy to say Christ has made me free.  You might even think of the scripture Romans 8:2 and think of being free from the law of sin and death.  But for me, I have been free to be.

If you’ve read KB for a while, you remember me.  You remember I went back to school.  The first summer session we learned the phrase – Esse Quam Videri – to be, rather than to seem.  It’s always been hard to be me.  I’ve always felt like I was an oddity and different.

Guess what?  I am.  And so are you?  We are all unique.  We are not a cookie cutter creation of God.  We are each individuals, perfectly made.  I had a very hard time with that.  I thought I should be like someone else.

As I reflect on the freedom I have in Christ, I realize that I am free to be.  I am free to be the nerd.  I am free to be quiet.  I am free to feel all the emotions that well up inside of me.  I’ve spent most of my life trying to do.  To do this and do that, to be busy and please God or others.  We do need to be sensitive to others.  But when it controls you, you aren’t being YOU.  The YOU God created.

I’m almost finished with school.  As I look back, I think the thing that I’ve learned that will serve me best, is that I can “be.”  I don’t have to do, I can just be.  Christ has given me the freedom to be the woman He created me to be.

1 comment:

Linda Maynard said...

This is good Joyce...I can relate and I have to vigilant about it because the doing what I think people expect from me, easily creeps in.