As we approach the 4th of July holiday, I want you to think about what it means to be free.  When you think of freedom, what words or feelings typically cross your mind?  Do you think about the time freedom to do whatever you want?  Do you think about the money freedom to avoid the stress of paycheck-to-paycheck living?  Do you think about freedom from a job that doesn’t provide satisfaction or purpose?  Depending on the person, freedom can evoke a variety of needs, desires, and emotions.

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When I think about freedom I think about the ability to live on purpose without the restriction of lacking time or money.  I’ve heard wealthy people describe wealth as not having to make decisions based on time or money.  I wanted the ability to spend my time in the way that I wanted to.  I wanted to have enough money in order to avoid stressing out about bills and to also be in a position to give.  I wanted the flexibility to live my life to the fullest and according to God’s direction.  Once I had a sense of purpose I was able to make different decisions and take different actions that positioned me to have a different outcome.  I didn’t want to be tied to a job because I needed the money because that felt oppressive.  I just wanted to be free to live life to the fullest.

When you have financial freedom, you have the ability to rethink why you do the things that you want to do.  Have you ever wanted to volunteer, but couldn’t because you had to go to work to pay off debt?  Have you ever wanted to work on your passion full-time but you couldn’t because you needed a biweekly paycheck to pay your bills?  Being tied to a job that you don’t like or being a slave to debt limits your ability to spend your time the way that you want.  Trust me, I’m not saying that jobs are bad.  What I am saying is to do things intentionally, with a plan, and ensure that your actions are aligned with God’s purpose for your life.  Put yourself in the position to take control and be intentional about how you live.

The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  What are you doing now to take advantage of your fundamental rights?  Think about how many people died so that we had the freedom to pursue happiness?  How dare we not take advantage or and maximize all of the opportunities that we have today?  When you refuse to pursue your dreams, accumulate debt, fail to advance your knowledge, and put yourself in a position to have your life be dictated by someone else then you are robbing yourself of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  However, as you think about how you are living out these ideals, think about what you are doing to ensure that the people who come behind you also have these same rights.  Live out your phenomenal today!

This weekend, enjoy the BBQs frugally and phenomenally, but also take the opportunity to reflect on the freedom that you have today because of other people’s sacrifices.  Then think about what you are doing to maximize the opportunity that you have today and what you are going to do to help ensure that others have the same.

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