Mr James Lenigas, our Director of Faith and Culture, shares an Easter word with us this week:
"No right, no wrong, no rules for me... I'M FREE!"
Elsa of Arendelle
If you're like me and you have a daughter, you probably know how the rest of the song goes. Let it go!
Doesn't the mantra, "freedom is the ability to do whatever you want," sound enthralling? Our lives are only restricted by our choices, dedication and hard work, and anything is possible if we put our minds to it. We can be whoever we want and go on whatever adventures we want. The absence of boundaries and rules is defined as freedom.
Mastering an instrument, traveling to a distant country, excelling in sports, following one's dreams, or becoming financially successful are all acceptable pursuits. However, when the "thing" becomes our goal, we are no longer free. We become slaves to the approval of our friends, our bank balance, our prestige...
Peter has something interesting to say on this topic:
They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity - for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”
The Easter story is one of freedom. We are invited to follow Jesus through his life, death, and resurrection. We are given the opportunity to become his disciples and to live our lives in such a way that our Creator is glorified. Our freedom comes from living the way Jesus taught us to live. That is, with our attention focused on him.
How easily we can become slaves to our own desires.
Unfortunately, Elsa of Arendelle speaks of enslavement. Jesus shows us a way to live in freedom.
So, during this Easter season, I have a challenge for you to contemplate: What is mastering you?