We live in one of the best countries in the world. The land of the free and the home of the brave. We can do and become anything we want here in America. We have the freedom to choose. But do our choices make us free?
Some people choose to live in a big houses and drive fancy cars, but then work crazy hours and years to pay them off. Some choose to work in jobs that pay the bills for the things and a lifestyle that money can buy only to find out that it doesn’t make them happy. There are people that choose not to work at all, and depend on the government to provide for their needs. None of these bring freedom.
What does freedom look like to you? Are you free to leave a job that isn’t quite as fulfilling as you thought it would be? Are you free from monthly payments on credit cards for things you no longer use or enjoy? There is a great freedom in being debt-free.
Many of our choices come with strings attached. When we work to maintain a certain lifestyle that holds us back from doing something that we are passionate about isn’t freedom, it’s slavery. Because now, those things have become our masters. We are no longer free to choose.
I used to follow The Flylady. She has aa fun approach to keeping your home clean and organized. She has this routine where you go through one room in your house each week for a thorough cleaning. One of her exercises is to take a grocery bag and just walk through the room and pick up ten things you don’t really need in that room. Put them in the bag and get rid of them. Re-use, re-purpose or recycle if you can. It’s a great way to declutter!
We all need to choose things in our lives we could get rid of. I don’t know about you, but I could start in my home. As I type this blog, I’m looking at 15 or 20 things in this room alone that I no longer use or don’t really need. What if we applied that to the whole scope of our lives?
Simplify your life. Un-complicate it. Cut loose some of the ‘strings’ that are holding back your freedom. Many of us could start just by emptying out our houses of all the ‘stuff’. A fresh coat of paint will give us a new perspective. That’s a start. Life can get too complicated and start to weigh us down.
Let’s make this week about having the freedom to make choices that are meaningful for us and those we love. We are called to love God and others. Life is about relationships, not stuff. Find those things in your life that you can choose to let go of and see how much freedom comes from it.
Put it in your planner. Schedule it in your day. Thankful that I live in a country where I still have the freedom to choose. Thanks for following along.
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