We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

The Paradox of Freedom

Soon after my dad went to be with the Lord I knew I needed to spend more time caring for my mom. So I decided that I would learn to fly an airplane to turn a three and one-half hour drive into a fifty-minute flight. After eight weeks of grueling training, studying, and testing, I am now a licensed pilot. It’s kind of ironic because I am afraid of heights–actually, more afraid of falling!

I was more nervous than you can imagine–my knees shook so much it was difficult to keep my feet on the rudder pedals. Maybe that’s why I veered right off the runway on my first attempt!

And then the day came for my solo flight. Could I really do this? My hands were sweating, knees shaking, but I was confident in my training. At sixty knots down the runway I pulled back and I was flying–by myself! The experience has been one of the most challenging and one of the most rewarding of my life.

True freedom and enjoyment in our work comes from sacrifice, diligence, and hard work. It comes with self-discipline. In his book, The Company of the Committed, Elton Trueblood writes, “We have not advanced very far in our spiritual lives if we have not encountered the basic paradox of freedom . . . that we are most free when we are bound. Failure to train rigorously denies our freedom. Discipline is the price of freedom.” Solomon writes, “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”

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Mary Jones and Her Bible

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