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Freedom…..wear it well!

26 Aug

Are you living to your fullest potential?

We recently did a study on FREEDOM and while preparing for that study I was talking to a friend of mine; a very beautiful, intelligent and successful friend. We were going back and forth about bondage and the things that hold people back. I was telling her about how I got criticized in a former relationship for always wanting to pick the underdog and the disadvantaged. This came to light years ago as I was picking a puppy from a litter of nine. I wanted the little runt in the corner, with the shabby ears and a limp. I made no apologies for my selection because I wanted to help the puppy and I knew that it would need extra because it already was at a disadvantage. Well she said she would pick the same puppy, but it wouldn’t be to help it, she would pick it because it was the one she believed she deserved. Even though she is gorgeous, brilliant and successful, she didn’t think she was deserving and couldn’t remember when these seeds were planted, but she has felt this way from a very young age.

We talked about low self esteem and other things, but that comment about theDSC_0855 puppy lodged itself in my spirit and I couldn’t shake it. As I talked to God about the topic of FREEDOM, He said that the key to freedom is not merely what is written in the bible, it’s what’s written between our ears. The imprinted beliefs we have that cause us to put on so many layers. Beliefs that come from carelessly placed words. Beliefs that have tied us to well camouflaged low and high self esteem. Layers we wear that if they were to be removed, we wouldn’t even know who we are. 

Beliefs that cause us to be people pleasers. Constantly wondering and motivated by what others think of us; how we would look in their eyes and what they would say about us. Wanting everyone to be a friend…..Afraid to be who we really are, say what we really feel and do what we really want to do because of what others would think of us. This is not FREEDOM.

As I mulled it over I checked myself to see what holds me back. I like people to like me and sometimes I hesitate because of what I think someone’s reaction would be. In my musings I came to the startling conclusion that I have turned into the person I never wanted to be! The person who is ALWAYS talking about God in some form or fashion 😉 In my late teenage years and early 20’s I always felt assaulted by Christians and it was so offensive to me. It wasn’t that I didn’t know or want God, I just didn’t want you in my face all the time telling me what I needed to do and beating me over the head with it . I do believe there is a tasteful way to do things to where good intentions and bad presentation don’t turn people away.

This was my perception so I didn’t want to be ‘that’ person; beating people over the head with the bible. I held back; didn’t want to post my blogs on Facebook, didn’t want to be talking about God all the time at work. But it dawned on me that those few interactions from my youth warped my thinking. There is a tasteful way to present God and as long as I stay in tuned with God He will show me how to present Him. My pastor said on Sunday that some of us have been saved for so DSC_0860long that we don’t know how to talk to lost people. My prayer is to be like Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, ….to the Jews I became as a Jew. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself was not under the law) so that I might win those under the law….to the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak….

This is me…I love God……I love to study His word……I love to write and believe in the power of well placed words……I believe in implementing what the word says…..I am a loyal friend and if God connects us I am there…..I am passionate about God and might seem excited or even a little aggressive at times……I love to teach and am always looking for those opportunities…….I am available to God 😉

This is what FREEDOM looks like for me. It has caused me to come ALIVE. I am enjoying life on another level. I can feel it in my smile and the gleam in my eyes…..I can feel the excitement brimming in me 🙂 For the past couple of weeks every time a certain coworker from another side of my building saw me she would say that marriage is agreeing with me because I was ‘glowing’. I finally told her it wasn’t the marriage; it was God freedom (I guess a marriage indeed)!

For some of us, no one really knows who we are; our fears and insecurities. We present a façade that takes so much energy to maintain. We cloak it with many successes, nice clothes, expensive makeup, humor and lots of ‘friends’. So we struggle with FREEDOM, not wanting to be vulnerable and afraid of how our TRUTH will be received. Lugging around unresolved emotions, anger and pain. Freedom requires transparency and TRUTH.

Last note about FREEDOM: another friend of mine has her own business, is serious about God and performs poetry for God. Well after one performance an old acquaintance made negative comments about who she used to be. For some of us, people will never FREE us from our past. They will always bring up who we slept with, how much we weighed, how much we drank, how much we smoked, bad relationships we picked, affairs, abortions, depression and any other foolishness we did.

For all the record keepers…..RELEASE it. We all are an ‘EX’ something….

When God frees us we are free indeed. As I write this I am jamming to Donald Lawrence’s “The Gift”……”your gift looks good on you and you wear it well……be you boo 😉

God has graced us all….wear it well! That’s FREEDOM!

Be blessed

JC

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7 responses to “Freedom…..wear it well!

  1. Hannah Lauvanya

    August 28, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Your writing is honest, godly and frankly a blessing. I have a faith blog too and though I haven’t written in it in a long while, I know that while I did, there were many silent readers that God blessed through my page. That is certainly true for you too. I pray that your love for the Lord many grow day by day and shine like a bright light so that all those in darkness may see it and come to the Truth. God bless! 🙂

     
    • JC

      August 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Hannah, thank you for this beautiful comment! I love the ‘silent readers’ part 😉

      Blessings to you to my sister
      JC

       
  2. journeyofjoy

    August 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    What a refreshing piece from you JC! Such strong illustrations…. I was able to connect with everything you said. I’m the one who to this day still defends the underdog–always! I’m the one who like you is so passionate about God, loves to teach and loves to write… that I find it difficult disconnecting what I do and who I am from Him. I’m conscious not to overly spiritualize things because I’ve seen cases of that go really bad, producing the very opposite results they were aiming to achieve.

    Working in corporate America certainly has its challenges, it’s easy for people to morph and change depending on who is in the conference room. I on the other hand find it hard not to be myself. I struggle even more to respect those who act one way today, then flip the script on the basis of ranks. I don’t know what God put in me, there’s a resolution down in the depths of me that refuses to be anything I know I’m not. I might be curious why you don’t like me, but I am quite comfortable (if I’ve prayed and I’m sure I’ve done nothing to offend you). I’m often described as pleasnt and bubbly — but I find that I also surpise a lot of people when I start articulating my convictions. Those things are rock-solid-immovable. I think that’s what you meant when you said (what’s between our ears). I honestly have to say that without those, I doubt I’d be experiencing any of the freedom you’ve described so beautifully above.

    Blessings (and sorry for writing you a book) 🙂

    Marlene

     
    • JC

      August 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Marlene, you nailed it. I especially love the part about not ‘over spiritualizing’ everything…..things aren’t always that deep and we risk making things a joke.

      I can relate to everything you’ve said as well! Having worked in predominantly male jobs and being the shortest and often times the only female has caused people to underestimate me. But like you said people are surprised when I articulate my convictions very well and unwavering.

      Jesus was crafty when he responded to the Pharisees and in his dealings with naysayers. He knew his word, he knew when to remain silent, he knew to spend time with the Father to be replenished and get his daily assignments. I want to walk in that kind of God freedom so that what’s written in the word is the same as what’s written between my ears; no deciphering needed. I hope that makes sense 🙂

      Thanks for the comment my sister
      JC

       
  3. greenlightlady

    August 29, 2013 at 2:28 am

    JC, I love how you say that we are all “EX” something. In Christ, our sins have been “exited” as far as the east is from the west. 🙂

    Blessings ~ Wendy

     
    • JC

      August 29, 2013 at 7:39 am

      True indeed! Thanks Wendy.
      JC

       
  4. lessonsbyheart

    September 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    “The key to freedom is not merely what is written in the bible, it’s what’s written between our ears.”
    Truer words have not been spoken. Thanks for this hit-me-between-the-eyes message today.

    \o/

     

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