Vintage Virtues:Freedom

The United States is often referred to as a “melting pot”. It is an icon of diversity
and is serenaded by its citizens as “the land of the free”. Webster’s Dictionary
defines freedom as: “The absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice
or action.” Much like the inalienable rights that have been given to all
citizens of America, and the laws created by which the people are expected to
abide, God has given ALL of his children the gift of His Word and inspires us to
accept and act upon what is right even if it may not satisfy our personal

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 shows us that if we accept God and recognize Him as a living
spirit, then we will be free. God does not restrict us, but encourages us to use
His word and to seek His hand in all we do. He has opened the door for us to
walk in and do what He has taught us to do and this pleases Him, “…and so we are
transfigured…our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God
enters our lives and we become like him.” (The Message)

No matter what physical limitations you may have, whatever emotional damage you
have had, whatever hurtles you see in your way, and no matter what is storming
your heart and creating chaos in your mind, own it; offer it up to God and give
Him the chance to come to your aid. God is with you.

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