Freedom’s Fireworks for July—Part IV

The Monkees used to do a song called “I Wanna Be Free.” We all want to be free to be — don’t we? Be what? Just “be.” Free to just “be.” We should want to be free to be who God has called us to “be.” #FreedomsFireworks4July #donnalhsmith #IndependenceDayJuly4 #Free2BE

Did you know that we are not created necessarily to “do” (which we’ll talk about next week), but actually first, we need to learn to “be.” Be what?

Be a worshipper of God. We were created to be a worshipper of God the Father, and to enjoy fellowship with God our Father, forever. Our identity is that of “being” a child of the living God. For me, that means I’m a daughter of the King. The King of Kings.

Be kind. What kind of person are you? I’m trying to become a “kind” person. Synonyms of kind include: caring, nice, sympathetic (and empathetic), and gentle. That can be a challenge for me sometimes. I have a temper, and I spout off sometimes. But I’m working at becoming a kinder, nicer, and gentler person when I deal with people. And myself.

Be generous. Generosity is also a synonym of being “kind.” Be plentiful, be lavish. Charitable, giving, big-hearted and open-handed. Let your heart be substantial and large when dealing with people. I’m thankful I was raised to be generous. Be generous in your dealings. Give someone the benefit of doubt. Be forgiving.

Be a reflection of Christ. This is my goal in life. To “be” a reflection of Christ. Jesus was the express image of the Father. He said in John 14:11, Jesus was speaking to Philip. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” As the Father was the example for Jesus, Jesus is our example. He said “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

Be who you are. What interests? What are your gifts and talents? What kind of person to you want to be? For example, I’m not an athlete. My gifts and talents are more in the arts. Many years ago I could hit a softball into the outfield. I’ve been a musician, and I’ve played four instruments. Now, I only play piano.

Be free to “be” who you were meant to BE. We’re all in process, so “become” whom you were meant to “become.” #FreedomsFireworks4July #donnalhsmith #IndependenceDayJuly4 #Free2BE

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