EMBRACING TRUE FREEDOM: A JOURNEY TO A MEANINGFUL LIFE

By Deryn
Nov 27, 2023

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Eagles flying near the sunWe have spent the year exploring different facets of freedom and the responsibilities that come with having true freedom. Freedom is an essential part of our lives, and it is something that we should all strive for. I hope we better understand what it means to be truly free. What does freedom mean to you?

Freedom is foundational to a more meaningful and fulfilling life. It extends beyond the absence of physical constraints. It transcends the tangible boundaries of walls and borders, reaching into the realm of the mind and spirit. It is the liberty to think, speak, and act in alignment with our authentic selves. True freedom emanates from the fertile soil of free thought, where ideas can blossom without fear of repression.

FREEDOM IN CHRISTFinnish orthodox Church

Christ came to set us free, “He said that if the Son shall set you free, you will be free indeed.” As believers, we have this freedom. But, Paul admonishes in 1 Corinthians 10:23, “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.” Therein lies the balance to use our freedom wisely and for the benefit of the whole. Freedom needs to be acted out in our body, mind, spirit, and emotions to be liberating for all. This requires us to learn discernment through prayer, what this freedom’s impact on others will be, and whether we should act on it.

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INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM

In pursuing our freedom, we must navigate through the landscape of self-discovery, unraveling the intricacies of our beliefs, values, and aspirations. It is a journey that requires introspection, a willingness to challenge societal norms, and the courage to forge our unique path. True freedom is not a destination but a continuous exploration, a perpetual quest for personal and collective liberation. True freedom, therefore, is not a passive state but an active engagement with the world, a commitment to nurturing and expressing our thoughts despite the potential repercussions. The history of human progress is replete with examples of individuals who dared to think freely, defying the constraints of their time and laying the groundwork for transformative change.

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COLLECTIVE FREEDOM

Freedom is a collective responsibility. A society that values freedom cultivates an environment where diverse perspectives can coexist, fostering innovation, tolerance, and mutual understanding. In a world where voices are stifled and dissent is suppressed, the tapestry of human potential remains incomplete, and the richness of our shared experience is diminished. True liberation arises from breaking physical chains and unshackling the mind. By fostering free thought, individually and collectively, we pave the way for a more enlightened, compassionate, and harmonious world.

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FREEDOM TO BE ME

So, what does freedom mean to you? Is it the ability to pursue your passions without constraint? Is it the liberty to express your thoughts and beliefs openly? Or is it the freedom to chart your course unencumbered by societal expectations? Each person’s journey to freedom is unique, and the meaning of freedom evolves as we navigate the ebb and flow of life.

I would love you to share your views on freedom with me and tell me if you found this freedom series helpful to you. Please drop me a line to let me know.

 

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