What Owns You?

8 Oct

Good Morning,

Now that I am old it is easier to see what kinds of things have owned me.  It is not big stuff, like drugs or alcohol, sex,  but, small, insidious things like chocolate, worry, resentment, a need for approval . . .   Mine were not big, socially unacceptable addictions, but they still owned me.  And, truly I tell you, the only force I want owning me it the Divine Presence.

Reading Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, and practicing fasting, has been a great way to find the things that hold me.  Things that lead my life into bondage, rather than freedom.  I have ended up using churchy words, but it is hard to find other one.  When I let worry or anger or even chocolate be the force of power in my life, I become imprisoned by it.  It becomes the central thought in my head.  And, that’s the place I want God’s heart, is in my head.

19 I’m using this freedom language because it’s easy to picture. You can readily recall, can’t you, how at one time the more you did just what you felt like doing—not caring about others, not caring about God—the worse your life became and the less freedom you had? And how much different is it now as you live in God’s freedom, your lives healed and expansive in holiness?

20-21 As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you’re proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end.

22-23 But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.

The freedom of God is amazing.  It brings new and creative and life-giving opportunities; it breaks out of old routines, and old concepts.  This is the power of the resurrection at work in my life.  I pray you are enjoying this amazing, unpredictable, journey of faith.   Peace


One Response to “What Owns You?”

  1. Phyllis Terwilliger October 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    Thanks for pointing out the small insidious things that own us. Bondage is bondage no matter; I, too, want the Divine Presence owning me.

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