Recently we discussed Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery”, and it really got me thinking. I know Christ set me free but am I living as one who is free? Am I living with the joy of one who is loved, freed and redeemed? As hard as it is to admit, even to myself, I have to say no. I still cling to those old rules that pointed me to Christ. I cling to the past like someone who would drown the instant she let go. But the past didn’t save me… it didn’t even lead me to the One who has saved me – He did that. So why do I, along with so many others, bond to my failures, losses and disappointments? Why not take hold of my freedom and focus on that which is true, pure lovely, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise? Why not reclaim my joy, my peace, my love, my kindness, (well, maybe not reclaim but claim) my patience, etc… Today, I choose to live free, not as a slave. Tomorrow, I will make that choice again. And again. And again.