There are so many people who have laid down their lives that I may walk in freedom and I will forever be grateful for that. From the service men and women to those who have fought the battles that no one will ever see, I cannot say thank you enough to all the everyday heroes. I have often said that the thing that is MOST important to me is my freedom and the thing I am most afraid of losing is just that. Thankfully I have learned that freedom is not always defined in the way we think. For me I have been fully free physically and in chains and I have also been physically limited and yet completely free.
My dad used to say, “with freedom comes responsibility” and I hung onto this. So many people have helped me walk in freedom. From counselors to team leaders to missions trip leaders to people who God led into my life for one day or even just a season I have been so incredibly blessed. They have loved me and led me towards greater freedom and I do feel that it is my responsibility and even more so a privilege to lead others. Currently, I think there are a lot of people under my care (or it feels this way) that I lead towards freedom. I feel a responsibility to the 16 survivors of sex trafficking that I counsel and support. I feel a responsibility to those I see each week in group in jails and lock-down facilities and recovery centers. I feel a responsibility also to those I interact with daily. I may not be fighting a physical war for them but certainly there are days that are a battlefield and we are fighting together towards freedom in various areas. This actually is the very thing many days that drives me to pressing into greater personal freedom because I know I cannot lead them safely into new territory so to speak until I first am willing to go there or have been there. So I am really grateful for those who lead because each day they remind me of the importance of not just “talking” about freedom but modeling it. And now that I have tasted and seen freedom I never want to go back. I remember what it was like to be enslaved and I know what it feels like to be free. There is no greater feeling in the world for me than knowing I am free.