Yikes. I’ve been busy.
Last weekend I was away at College for a Weekend at Liberty University so I was a bit preoccupied (and didn’t plan ahead) so I may or may not have missed a week of posting. Whoops. But hey, that was my first skipped week since I started Overcoming Hannah so I guess I should go easy on myself, right?
Anyways, while I was away I was learning things as one does, specifically about what freedom is and what it looks like in my life.
In my eighth grade Bible class my teacher gave us a quote that went something like this: “Freedom isn’t the ability to do anything, it is the power to do what we ought.” That obviously stuck with me because usually I’m more of a use it and lose it kinda girl when it comes to stuff I need to learn for a test. This concept came up again in my Bible class this week as well, as we watched a video the speaker said something along the lines of “We’re not the most free when we do what we want, we are the most free when we are who we were created to be.”
The idea that true freedom is complete autonomy where nothing affects or influences what you can and can’t/ should or shouldn’t do is a lie. Another quote from that same speaker in my Bible class this week countered the belief that autonomy equals freedom by explaining that autonomy leads to license and license enslaves us. In other words, when we become our own gods we feel we can do whatever we want to, and that leads to addiction and destruction. This is why true freedom requires boundaries, laws, objective morality, and rules created for our good and God’s glory.
To relate it back to my story about College for a Weekend, the freedom I experienced when I was able to manage my own life and control my own day was created by glimpsing another facet of who God created me to be in my future. Hint: it’s an adult.
I say glimpsing because that’s not what He has in store for me at this time in my life. Though I admit that I’m your average teenager who wants to function independently, realistically that’s not what’s going to happen for the next few years. But that’s okay, because God didn’t create me to be an adult at 16 years old, He created me to be a teenager preparing for adulthood. That’s what, practically speaking, freedom looks like in my life right now.
I encourage other teenagers to seriously consider this as well. Knowing what it’s like to struggle with the desire for independence, it’s made easier by accepting that living in a way that God didn’t create me to live at this time wouldn’t be freedom for me, what’s freedom for me in this stage of life is being who God created me to be and doing what God says is right.