‘if you love something…

Posted: February 25th, 2010 | Filed under: God | Tags: | 6 Comments »

…set it free...

Let the balls drop and get off the unicycle. It’s time to go home and wash off the makeup. Leave the circus to the bearded ladies.

If this isn’t about you, then you can do what you want. Have you thought about what you want lately? I bet not. The circus is a time consuming act. Think about it. Sky’s the limit, you can’t mess this up. You’re free to eat what you want, drink what you want, say what you want, touch what you want. No punishment, no death.

What do you want?

Freedom is a purifier. Honesty is a starting point. Being real is the only way to get anywhere real.

Slaves don’t think about what they want because they don’t know what they want. Give them freedom and let them figure it out. Keep them slaves and they remain dehumanized. Fear is the only reason why you wouldn’t set someone free to do as they please. There is this corrosive belief that men, when left to their own devices, will conjure up an insurmountable evil. I have three things to say about that:

  1. Fear is the opposite of Love. So, it’s the opposite of God.
  2. Men are not left to their own devices. Has it not occurred to you that God is real?
  3. You project what is within yourself on to those around you. What you fear and try to control in others is only a reflection of what you see in yourself. You’re the one with the problem. Get the plank out of your own eye so you can see clearly.

…if it comes back it’s yours…

He set us free because He’s not afraid of where we’ll go. He is real. And He has really taken up residence in your heart, so He’s not afraid of an evil He has crowded out. When He projects what is in Him on to us, we glow. He trusts the ‘Him’ in us. This isn’t an arranged marriage and it’s not a duty. He knows that when you give a voice to what you want, you’ll want Him.

Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do—submit to …reject… It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life! -Galatians 6:15

He’s not afraid. He can sleep through the chaos of what terrifies you because He knows how this story ends. He had you figured out long before He created Eve’s womb. He’s been carrying you from the beginning and if you’d stop squirming long enough you’d realize that. No matter what you do, you’re still a child on the shoulders of the Father who saves you from drowning in your own flood.

I’ve been carrying you on my back from the day you were born, and I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old. I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray. I’ve done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you. -Isaiah 46:3-4

…if it doesn’t, it never was.’

Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. -John 6:35



6 Comments on “‘if you love something…”

  1. 1 April said at 11:41 am on February 25th, 2010:

    I don't get this. hold that thought… I need to read it again.

  2. 2 April said at 5:17 pm on February 25th, 2010:

    Ok. I've read it over and over. Once with my mom on the phone both of us dissecting every two lines… and finally we we went in circles, but think we got it…just aren't sure what you're referring to about men being left to their own devices… Believers in Christ left to their own devices or …? I wish you could explain this more simply as if you were talking to a ten year old. I am serious…

  3. 3 Serena Woods said at 7:38 pm on February 25th, 2010:

    This is one of my more lyrical/poetic writings. Sometimes I feel like I'm chasing a ribbon of words and trying to nail it down. Interpretation is open, but I'll give you my thought process. 🙂

    The beginning is a play on a circus. Religion being the circus.

    Stop juggling, stop the show boat tricks and get real.

    You can be real because this whole thing, life, isn't about you or me…

    Now that you are real…what do you want? Do you want to cuss and spit just to try it? Do it.

    God puts desires into our heart ('He gives us the desires of our heart….'). If that's true, then after you've taken inventory or what you 'want' then you can sift out the stuff that isn't for you and explore the things that may not look like everything you've been taught in the circus, but are still a part of who you are.

    When you have this 'real' internal exploration, you'll find God there. You'll find urges that you actually have the power to choose or dismiss. You'll find unique gifts and a unique voice that you never would have found if you hadn't stop the charade.

    He set us free to find out how things work and in the 'finding' you'll find Him.

    When you set a group of people (who have the Spirit of God inside them) free to do as they please, they're not going to run for Hell. They're going to find their legs and run to Him.

    I wrote this because of the overwhelming fear that resides in the hearts so many professed Christians. They're afraid of what will happen if they 'let go of the wheel.' If they're afraid, then they must not believe that He's actually driving.

    Let go and find the truth. It's beautiful. It's laced with skinned knees and messy hair, but it's real and it's free and it's where He wants you to be.

    Picture an adult, racked with stress and discouragement. Now, turn that adult into a kid and watch him play, explore, get grass stains and a few new scars. See the sun freckle his face and twigs stick in his hair.

    Some of my best childhood afternoons left me with a scar I can still see twenty-five years later. If a child is afraid of falling, he'll never play. REALLY play.

    I'm just saying, PLAY! He'll take care of the 'holy', 'pure' and 'sanctified' parts. He's got you covered. Be free.


  4. 4 April said at 2:32 am on February 26th, 2010:


  5. 5 April said at 6:44 am on February 26th, 2010:

    Serena, I forgot to say… thank you. be free? he's got me covered? what a concept. glorious truth that I simply need. oh, and I love how my mom and I were connecting over the phone (900 miles between us) while we were reading your post. It really sparked a great discussion between us. And we both said at the same time- "Brilliant writer!!" 🙂 and … "She definitely makes you think!!!"

  6. 6 Anni Crane said at 6:16 pm on February 26th, 2010:

    mmm… good stuff

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