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THE FREEDOM OF TOTAL COMMITMENT
In recent weeks we've been talking about freedom, where
we get it, and once we've gotten it how to keep it. We must
keep reminding ourselves that, while it takes courage to win
freedom, it takes character to keep it. Posted in a prominent
place on the wall of our awareness we should keep this truth:
all freedom does is give us the opportunity to make choices.
If we use our freedom to make the wrong choices or to make no
choices, then we lose it.
Today's principle for keeping free calls us to a truth seen
in the lives of people all around us. Who are the really
strong people? Who are those who seem to know how to live
life at its fullest? They are people of purpose, people who
have discovered the freedom of total involvement.
Here, my friend, I must warn you of a tricky danger. It is
true that any time you aim your efforts in one direction, you
commit yourself to one purpose, you will be strong. You will
probably succeed. You will most likely climb to the top of
any ladder you choose. But if you choose the wrong purpose
the success you achieve will lead to ultimate failure. It's
a sad thing to climb to the top of a ladder and learn you've
leaned it against the wrong wall. After all the struggle you
find something entirely different than you expected.
Because of that danger God, who made you, knows you, and
loves you, lays out this principle for keeping free: "Thou
shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain."
What does that mean?
Our first thoughts suggest this to be a prohibition against
cursing and profanity. And it is. God is very serious about
His name. He knows the way we use His name reflects how we
really feel about Him. "Hallowed be Thy name," is the prayer
of every serious Christian. One of the symptoms of a
seriously sick society is national irreverence. America, as
a whole, is acting like an undisciplined adolescent, laughing
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