Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Freedom from Want vs Freedom from Responsibility

I think the dream a lot of people in society is to have a comfortable life, a life where you can have the pleasures of life and none of the pain.

One of the freedoms that America cherishes is freedom from want. Even the Bible in Psalm 23 speaks of having the Lord free us from want.

But freedom from want is not the same as freedom from care and responsibility. The higher we go up in life, the greater the responsibility, the greater that people depend on us.

But it is a burden that is gratefully embraced. Because the joy of serving and loving others offsets the suffering that it entails.

So, if we find that we are burdened by unavoidable suffering and responsibility, perhaps we should ask, are we loving enough?