“True freedom comes when we learn to choose what we did not choose.” (Jacque Phillipe)
Of course, we all want to experience true freedom and rarely would we admit that we have chosen otherwise. It’s amazing how our lives become so routine that we often go through the motions, not putting much thought into time or choices. We may be too busy, thus no time to think beyond what’s next. We may have too much time but numb our minds with texting, posting, updating, gaming or watching tv.
As I’ve reflected on Abraham’s story this month, I’m reminded of the culture he lived in where there weren’t options or choices for life paths like we’ve become accustomed to today. Life was pretty much set as one path. I doubt there was too much overthinking, “Am I missing something better? Am I choosing the right thing?”
Yet today it’s just the opposite. So many options, so little time. It’s easy to think there’s something better and surely others are doing it. The grass is greener. We keep looking, keep reaching. Rarely at peace with where we are today, in this moment.
This week I’ve been particularly provoked by the above quote. Freedom is a choice. When we keep looking “over the fence,” we think we’re stuck. We see our life as the “lesser” and we tell ourselves others’ have “better.” Instead of looking at our current path as if “it’s something we didn’t choose,” freedom comes in choosing it now.
When will we choose freedom?
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (Jesus)