“And all my words come back to me
In shades of mediocrity.
Like emptiness and harmony,
I need someone to comfort me.”
“Homeward Bound,” Simon & Garfunkle
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever….”
John 14:16 KJV
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”
2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT
The Bible promises that, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed (John 8:36). Even as (especially as?) a Christ-follower, I have found it challenging to live life like that’s true. The things which have held me bound are myself & my self-imposed limitations.
If God truly has me in my job for a reason, He is going to empower me to do the work. Freedom in that context starts with me getting out of His way, allowing Him to work on changing those aspects of myself that prevent me from realizing my potential. It’s a bit of a paradox – surrender to God to be free – but what I want is not unlimited freedom to do whatever I want, but rather freedom from the baggage that I carry from past failures which have stunted my growth as a leader. We can’t read enough books or attend enough seminars to do that for ourselves. And God has done amazing things in my life over the past two months as I have bent my knee to Him and tasted what true freedom is like.