Independence Day: A Non-Writing Related Post
The Christian life is all about my dependence on God. Marriage is about interdependence with my husband. Parenting is about my children’s dependence on me, and allowing them to be less and less dependent as they grow. Writing and editing and agenting are all about my dependence on others.
I can remember some great moments in my life when I celebrated my own independence, like when I moved out from my parents’ home, and when I graduated from college. But generally, there’s not much true independence in my life. Many of us spend a lot of our lives trying to assert our independence, trying not to need anybody, especially God. Eventually we come to realize personal independence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
But… freedom! That’s another story. As a Christian, I experience freedom in the ultimate sense— freedom from death. Freedom from the consequences of sin that I really deserve. Freedom from worrying about my future. Freedom from living selfishly.
As an American, I have freedoms that are unparalleled in history. I am so thankful for the freedom to openly worship the one true God, and to speak about Him and write about Him all I want!
As a married person, I have some freedoms, too. I’m free from terminal loneliness and free from having to take care of every little detail of life by myself. I’m free to grow as an individual within the safety of being a “couple.” In my work life, I experience freedom to be creative and to relate to others and to be involved in the book world that I love so much. Being self-employed frees me to set my own schedule and work as many hours as I want.
So today I’m celebrating, not so much independence, but freedom. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The truth of Christ has set us free! Wave the flag, strike up the band, set off the fireworks. This is something worth getting excited about.
What about you? What freedoms are you celebrating today?