Pursuing Freedom

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Children, Joni and Friends | Comments Off on Pursuing Freedom

 

“Dare to love and to be a real friend. The love you give and receive is a reality that will lead you closer and closer to God as well as those whom God has given you to love” Henri Nouwen

 

 

It’s much easier for me to share about my faith than it is to share about myself. Even typing these words bring a lump to my throat. I have a feeling I’m not the only one who thinks this way.


After all, I have nothing but wonderful things to share about my faith – my God and my Savior. Just look at him! He’s the star-breathing, magnificent creator of all we see and all we can’t see. Who wouldn’t brag about him? He doesn’t just love, he is love. He’s mysterious, yet approachable. He’s perfect.

 I, on the other hand, am deeply flawed. No one knows me like I know myself – so I choose to keep certain things hidden. I don’t think it’s wrong to filter what we publically share since some information is best left unsaid and some of no interest at all. But the crippling effect of hiding and self-protecting is unhealthy and wrong. We all want people to like us but when we cower behind a false persona or hide our scars and broken places we cheat ourselves of truly living. I can attest to this.

Merging our hidden places with who he says we are creates the key to walking in freedom and open relationships. Jesus tells me I am his. Even before I knew him, he invested in me. His investment bandages my ugly wounds. He cares enough to spend time with me, wooing me out of my place of hiding. He wants me to be free.

It’s easier to come out from hiding in the moments I truly believe what he says. The lure of walking in freedom becomes stronger than the need to self protect. There’s nothing more beautiful than someone who knows they’re loved just as they are.

I have a few heroes in my life who know this kind of freedom. They’ve encouraged me to come out and play – to accept myself, to share myself. Their lives are proof the benefit of openness and honesty outweigh the perceived risk of exposure.

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