Those of you in the United States are celebrating Independence Day today. It is the date of our Declaration of Independence and our celebration of freedom. We, at The Leadership Institute, hope that you are enjoying time with family and friends today.
On the topic of freedom, here are some thoughts on true freedom from Elton Trueblood:
“The best prayer is seldom a hit-and-miss matter, but grows by the glad acceptance of discipline, which, far from being its antithesis, is the price of real freedom. Herein lies the deep wisdom of the Yoke passage (Matt. 11: 29, 30). Just as an empty freedom inevitably turns into bondage, so the acceptance of Christ’s yoke sets men free. It does not eliminate burdens, but because the yoke fits, the burdens actually seem light. In Christ’s teaching the practice of devotion is the first item of a series in which freedom is the final consequence. “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32).” (Elton Trueblood. A Place to Stand. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1969, p. 103.)
- How is God inviting you to take on His well-fitting yoke these days?
- What rhythms of discipline are there that you may not often feel like practicing that would actually cultivate a way of life in you that you deeply desire?
- How may God be drawing you to regular practices of prayer?
- What freedoms might ensue?