The Freedom We Neglect to Protect

Our heart's attitude

A transparent attitude when you're having a bad day isn't pretty. My recent attitude adjustment was over my computer. My website was down, my computer was freezing up, and the Internet was slow. How ridiculous, right? As I stomped around the house, I let a machine ruin my day. Circumstances will rob our inner freedom unless we make moment-by-moments choices to protect our freedom in Christ.


A Desire to Be Free     

There's a natural desire to be free. Our thoughts wander a million directions as we think about free shopping coupons, free time, or even a free country. People have traveled great distances to be free, worked hard to be free, and even died to be free. We seldom neglect the external conditions that will protect a free life, but there's one internal condition that Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor calls, “the last of the human freedoms.”

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

To be free is important, but when we attach the suffix “dom,” the word swells with possibilities. It moves from circumstances to the condition of our hearts.

True Freedom

This suffix, dom, with its Old English origin, adds “judgment” to the meaning. Freedom is the ability to judge and choose regardless of external circumstances. It means we have the free mental choice to decide how we will respond to events. We can either react with emotional instability or view the circumstance with the eyes of faith and respond with hope.

Galatians 5:1 in the New International Version reads:

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”


Protecting Our Freedom

True freedom comes from within—a gift that cannot be destroyed or stolen. We can choose life or slavery. Each thought is a free choice to decide whom or what we will serve.

As we allow the Holy Spirit to transform our lives, we can live unshackled by the conditions of our circumstances. We can live knowing we have love, promises, and hope in Jesus Christ.

(Take that computer!)



Marisa Shadrick