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Freedom is generally desired by most. But the challenge of freedom is figuring out what to do with it once we have it.

We typically think of freedom as the ability to do whatever we please without restrictions. And this is partially true.

But we tend to focus on eating the desserts of life without also taking the responsibility to develop a healthy lifestyle.

While freedom comes with many joys, it also comes with many responsibilities. And, in part, this responsibility includes directing the course of our life toward better.

It’s here freedom becomes scary and we often don’t know what to do with it.

If we’ve been given the responsibility to become the best versions of ourselves then we must own our choices and can no longer hide behind others.

But this is a heavy burden and our tendency is to either renounce or disregard our freedom.

When we engage in the blame game we’re renouncing our freedom. Instead of taking responsibility for our own life we give this responsibility to others. We give up our freedom so that we’re not to blame for the outcome of our life.

And we might disregard the full weight of our freedom by simply indulging in the pleasures of life without doing the deep work to grow into our best. Here we’re not so much blaming others as we’re simply being passive and letting life happen to us.

A better approach is accepting the challenge and wrestling to discover how to use our freedom for goodness sake.

Christ has given us our freedom and will hold us accountable for how we use it.

Accept your responsibility and use the freedom given to you to bring more life and goodness into the world. We have no excuse otherwise.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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