- Religion and Philosophy
Freedom - what does that look like?
Freedom. We all want it, but what does it look like?
Sandra, our neighbour was leaving for work and felt something cold touching her hand. Looking down, there was Leah, our other neighbour's dog, nudging her with her nose. Taking her back, Sandra found the front door open and no one in the house. Apparently Leah was more intelligent than her owners thought, for having been left in the kitchen, she managed to open that door and then the front door.
Now Leah had been a stray and could easily have made the most of her freedom and disappeared. Or she could have taken her regular route to the local park. But it seems that she was more interested in staying where her surroundings were familiar and safe, whilst searching out companionship.
When we get to a certain age, we want our independence, the freedom to do as we please. For some that means trying all that the world has to offer, the things perhaps that our parents would object to or frown upon. We may look at the Bible and all that we see are a list of DOs and DON'Ts, things that seem to stop us having fun. We may have no interest in following the example of how to live our lives as shown by Jesus.
Standards and Boundaries
Hopefully we come to realise that the standards that God invites us to live by are there for our protection; He wants the best for us and as our parents set boundaries for us, He does the same, to keep us safe and well. Jesus said “I have come that you might have life, life in all its fullness”, and when we look at His life it was certainly full of excitement, adventure and drama.
Perhaps having found out that freedom to do anything we please doesn't bring lasting satisfaction and isn't all that it's cracked up to be, we aren't all that different from Leah.
Apart from the cold nose, of course.