Freedom For and Freedom From 
Wednesday, July 4, 2007, 12:35 PM - Extra Christy
Happy July Fourth! A day to celebrate freedom! What is your idea of freedom? Is it freedom from rules and constraints? Or freedom for doing the right thing?

Dov Seidman in his book How writes a lot about rules.On page 96 he states "True Freedom lies not in the absence of constraint; true freedom lies in the transcendence of rules-based thinking." The transcendence is not asking the utilitarian question of what is the rule, can we do this, but what is the value involved: given what we believe, should we do this.

Did you know that July 2 was the date Congress declared independence? July 4th is the day the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was adopted which:

"...declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"

So we celebrate not the day we broke the rules, (July 2) and declared freedom from England but the day we declared our values and beliefs, and how independence was the only way to honor those beliefs; what our freedom was for: Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Hope you use your freedom for declaring your values today and every day.

Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows. For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom. - Galatians 5:1, 13-14 (The Message)

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