Running Free


 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 NIV

The other day Kylie rode her bike along with me while I ran. We stayed on the path that leads through our neighborhood for the bulk of our journey. At one point, the path leads by the park and an area people take their dogs to run free. As we passed the dog area, Kylie mentioned how much she enjoys seeing people there with their dogs. I replied back, “Imagine how hard it must be for these dogs with see-through fences along the park area. They can see dogs running in freedom, but they can’t participate themselves.”

After I said it, I thought about all the people who have access to run in freedom, but are bound by fences of hurts, insecurities, fears, habits and hang-ups instead. I thought about how it doesn’t have to be that way. Unlike the dogs, we can open the gate and participate. We have access to Jesus — who came to set the captives free.

Personally, I know what it is to be bound. Fear, insecurity, unforgiveness and anger all had their claws in me at different points in my life. I can say from experience there’s nothing like finding freedom from the things that fenced me in and kept me from experiencing the fullness of life God has for me.

If you are reading this today and you can relate to feeling bound, fenced in, caged in, boxed in (however you want to say it) by anything you know is not God’s best for your life, I encourage you to be brave and do whatever it takes to get free of it. Counseling is a good option. Small groups, men’s groups, women’s groups – anyplace you can be authentic and be loved on, encouraged and prayed for, are places freedom is found. Celebrate Recovery is specifically a small group setting geared toward helping people find freedom from hurts, habits and hang-ups. Sitting in the arms of Jesus, reading his word, meditating on it, being real with him and asking him how he feels for you in response to what you are sharing — are ways to find freedom.

But one thing I know – the key to being set free, is being ready to embrace the process toward letting go of those things that hold you back. You have to want it. Are you ready? If so, I encourage you to take a step toward freedom today!

By Amy O’Donnell


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