True Liberty

“Nothing is as hard to suppress as the will to be a slave to one’s own pettiness. Gallantly, ceaselessly, quietly, man must fight for inner liberty. Inner liberty depends upon being exempt from domination of things as well as domination of people. There are many who have acquired a high degree of political and social liberty, but only very few are not enslaved to things.

This is our constant problem- how to live with people and remain free, how to live with things and reman independent.”

-Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath

I love this passage from Heschel. True liberty is freedom from anything and everything that consumes your mind, your time and body. It’s a detachment. It’s this place of being where you can have everything ripped out from under you and yet still thrive and still shine because your foundation was never built on those things. Christ is our foundation, our sustainer, the giver of life. This realization is the gateway to freedom.