This world offers freedom, but the freedom it offers isn't free or freeing.
We simply become captive to success, money, other people's opinions, our jobs, the societal norm, the cookie cutters that we all have to fit into. We have become numb to our prison cells because we stay doped up on consumption and entertainment. Feeling a bit dissatisfied? There's a movie for that.
So, you think you're different and you find your freedom in your individuality?
Well, Hipster has become so normal, it's not even cool anymore.
Goth? Yeah... that's kind of just funny now.
Punk? Wait. Is that even a thing any more?
Emo... ok, that's just lame. Does anyone even remember emo?
Scene? Passe, just like that hombre hair color.
Like to put a little bright color in your hair? So does Barbie. Got Tatoos? Yep, Barbie has them too. Fan of ye ol' Dubstep? It's cool, you can find it on the jukebox at your local pizza parlor.
Do you feel different? Maybe like no one understands you? Like you have something in you that would blow everyone away if they knew?
Are you getting it yet? Everyone is different and, in that fact, no one is special. Or maybe it's that everyone is special and, in that fact, no one is different. In either case, I have good news. You are different and special, but not for the reasons you think.
There is no outward force that can mold you into something special. There is no government agency that can make you free. There is no army or fashion magazine that can help you discover your potential or cap it.
You will not find your identity in a crowd of people protesting or in the rhetoric distributed by people who have set their face toward division.
You may be reading this today as an atheist, or a deist of a non-Christian nature, or a confused Christian, or just confused; regardless of that, just know that you were hand-crafted for a purpose in this life. That *thing* that you carry around in your heart was carefully placed there and the only way it can be fully understood is when it's purpose is explained by it's Creator.
I'm not peddling Easter Bunnies or Eggs or "correct" Resurrection Sunday memes. I'm not pushing pews and crosses and NOTW t-shirts either. I'm pointing to that thing inside of you that wants to burst out and be free (Don't picture the scene from Alien, Hahahaha!). It can't without Jesus.
No matter what you do to your external-self, you will not harness your true potential, which is the thing that ACTUALLY makes you different, until you acknowledge it was created by Someone Who loves you and may have some thoughts on the matter.
Freedom can only be found in true love.
True love doesn't come with exceptions.
True love is not just a feeling, but proved by action.
True love has come in the Man named Jesus, who loves you without exception and proved it by the Cross.
Until you know Him, you will not be free. You may be sedate, you may be confused, you may be numb, you may be angry, or you may be lying to yourself; but you will not be free.
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