Published on April 30th, 2013 | by Mannie Ramos0
Freedoms of a Follower
Freedoms of a Follower
Rebuilding my relationship with The Lord has given me so much freedom. I know what you are thinking… How can you find freedom when being “religious” has so many rules? Well, it’s like any great thing that you put heart and soul into- the payoff is way better then the alternate. The freedom that I have as a believer of the Lord is so refreshing. I approach every situation with the intent and the love that I know the Lord has for me. Think about what it feels like to find your purpose in life. I have some examples of how different things that I approach in life are affected by my belief in the Lord and the freedom He offers.
Freedom from Stagnancy: There is nothing like the freedom that we experience when we direct our heart, soul, and ambitions into one career path that truly makes us happy. I know acting liberates me and gives me so much joy even if it’s just for a class or practice. People ask me what is my Plan B and I tell them that this is it. I know that this is my passion and I will not give up.
Freedom from Misguided Relationships: You can also compare the freedom we experience in the Lord to finding your soul mate. When you are disciplined enough to maintain a monogamous relationship, you experience the freedom that comes with loving that one person with all your heart.
There is nothing free about being promiscuous because the bad outweighs the good every time. A life of promiscuity mandates that we spend the time to create the stories and lies necessary to maintain someone else’s short term happiness.
Freedom from Seeking Validation: I don’t have to waste my time looking for people to validate me because I have the Lord’s validation. And we as believers are called to understand that drinking, sleeping around, and lying cannot validate our lives. All those things lead to emptiness; I’m speaking from experience.
Freedom from Being Perfect: I think about this as relates to my faith. I don’t have to waste time with worry because prayer gives me the freedom to ask for the Lord’s help through tough times. I’m still far from perfect but now I have a place to take refuge. I think most importantly, the Lord gives us a chance to make mistakes.
God is the only one who doesn’t judge us based on our faults but rather on our ability to serve and love Him. We can easily look to man or woman for forgiveness but they won’t and can’t provide that warmth like the Lord’s forgiveness. I challenge anyone to tell me that there is no freedom in God’s house and I will tell you that you are misinformed because The Lord continues to bless me everyday with things that make me a better man. I feel that my love for The Lord doesn’t condemn me for what I am doing in this life but opens me for what I will be doing when my life on our Earth no longer exists.
“Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.” Romans 14:4-6