Letting go is never easy. Ideally, the issue is not one of dictating. Rather, one wants to hold on just enough to ensure the outcome is ideal. This is especially true when one passionately cares about the people involved. Freedom is risky! Freedom is precarious! Freedom means people may not choose the best! Letting go means that I must let freedom have its turn. When I care, do I choose the immediate or the long term? Do I let those I care about find his or her personal way, or do I steer them towards what I know is best? Will I let God work with them or try to override? Will I let freedom live?
I find that freedom and truth are often closely linked, at least superficially. Sadly, those that profess truth often are only willing to let freedom lose when it works to their ends. Life takes precedence on the surface instead of in the heart. The “why” of the decisions we take is often consumed by external perceptions of our choices and actions. Even our words in response take the form of judgment.
In my steps, I find that truth only resides deeply within. Whenever truth is superficial, it is never true truth. When truth and freedom are separate, judgment is often masquerading as truth. When truth is an outcome, is often living separate from truth filled freedom.
The Christian faith holds that “for the time being he [Jesus] must remain out of sight in heaven until everything is restored to order again just the way God, through the preaching of his holy prophets of old, said it would be.” (Acts 3.21) This is not truth in hiding. Rather, it is the birth of truth filled freedom in your life and mine. God has let us go, to grow, act, and be accountable. It is time we accepted our freedom and acted on the truth we say we hold close to our hearts.
I want to embrace freedom in love. I want to know compassion. I want to let go and be.
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