Live Free

It's your choice.

It’s your choice.

 

Ever experience any of the following?

  • Zipping along on top of the world then zap—a tweet, text or Facebook post ruins your day.
  • Feeling all hyped up one day when a work project goes well, way down the next when a co-worker snubs you.
  • Content one moment with your current position, unfulfilled seconds later because someone else got a promotion or landed a deal.
  • Happy on your way to work, angry or upset before your morning cup of coffee is cold.

Let’s all nod our heads and agree that an emotional yo-yo type of existence is not only unhealthy it limit our effectiveness and negatively impacts how we function at home and work.

Think about the word free.  How does it make you feel?   When we see it chances are we either think of something we are getting (no charge) or a state of being (no constraints).  Both those concepts sound good.   There is a book in the Bible titled Galatians.  It’s really more of a letter written at the time from Paul to the churches of Galatia.  I believe Paul’s letter gives some coaching insight when he writes,  “You cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day”  (excerpt from Galatians 5: 17,18, The Message).  Paul is surfacing the issue that when we are self motivated, self-made, self-whatever…we are going to be at the mercy of how we feel each day.  And how we feel each day can be swayed by many external factors.  That’s no way to live.  We are imperfect people sometimes acting perfect for the imperfect people and world around us.  What’s the solution?

Many books have been written and speeches given on how to be self made and self motivated.  I’m sure I’ve ventured into that territory myself.  Perhaps the reason there are so many different self made recipes is they haven’t gotten it quite right.  In Galatians, Paul goes on to write, “Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?”  (excerpt from Galatians 5:17,18, The Message).

This matters immensely as we make our way in the marketplace.  We can choose to live freely and be led  by God’s spirit.  Is it really that simple?  I challenge you to find out this week.  When you feel your self going back and forth simply pause and ask your self, “Am I begin led by God’s spirit or motivated by my self?”  According to Paul, the choice is yours.

Comments

  1. Very timely, Trey. I love the game of ping pong, but hate it when I feel like I’m the ball in someone else’s game. Lots of self-help resources proclaim that freedom is a choice. Sounds simple. Hard to maintain. But when you know real source – from God alone – then it makes it easier to find it and keep it.

  2. Barbara Moore says:

    Trey: Once again, your message was right on time and zinged me right between the eyes. Thank you my friend.

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