“I’m free! I have rights!” This is portrayed in a lot of different ways lately. The right to free speech, however volatile it may be. The right to post, pin, and tweet–whatever goes. We have the right to say whatever or act however we want. Right? But is it right?
In our pursuit of liberty and happiness, there is another right we should have – the right of dependence. Our forefathers fought hard to give us independence and freedom. Our military and law enforcement strive to keep these liberties and freedoms for future generations. We owe a debt of gratitude to all of them, and to those who follow in their footsteps.
Everyone wants their independence, but think how dependent we are each and every moment….
The Right of Dependence
We must be dependent on the Lord to give us another day and the breath to breathe each morning. We depend upon our body to obey our mind’s commands to walk, eat, or sleep. We depend upon the sun to keep our earth warmed by day, and for the moon to keep our oceans in place and for gravity to keep balance aligned.
We depend on inanimate objects and other entities as well. We need our appliances to work and serve us well; for our vehicles to get us to work, and on a job that will keep on bringing in the paychecks. We depend on the government to uphold law and order in an effort to keep job security and our family safe. We depend upon farmers to keep sowing crops and raising livestock to keep us fed, and then for shopkeepers to treat us fairly. We depend upon hospitals and churches to keep us healthy mentally, physically, and spiritually and for ministers and advisors to inspire and encourage.
Life holds a great paradox
In order to be really free and independent, we must be willing to serve and be dependent on one another. We must voluntarily give ourselves away before we can receive again. We must lose ourselves before we can be found, and empty ourselves before we can be filled and fulfilled again.Everyone must depend on others daily. We could not survive without each other. Everyone has his or her own purpose and mission to fulfill in this life. We need each other, whether we like it or not.
How? By serving others and putting others before our own needs. By treating others the way we want to be treated. By freely giving of ourselves, our time, our energy, our talents, our money, our efforts to help someone else with no thought of a favor returned, we can find what it is to be free indeed. Giving simply because we want to – and that lifestyle leads to the greatest satisfaction and independence of all.
Every day can be an independence day as we learn to think and live for one another.
“When someone staggers, we help steady the load. If he is straining, we help bear the burden. And if he stumbles, we lift him up. Helping Christian believers is fulfilling what Christ wants us to do.” (Galatians 6:2/paraphrased)
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