FREEDOM TO SHINE YOUR LIGHT BY LOVING PEOPLE
“Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is” - Jim Morrison
Do I have freedom from friends to be my true self?
Freedom can be easy and difficult to define.
Today’s Cara Lucia, Friendly Light post I dedicate to friends who give me total freedom to be my true self. Above The above list short and it initially started with more than 10. I had a list of 20 and started talking to myself…Cara, Cara, Cara let’s stop at 10, geez. Number 10 was actually number 20 initially on my list. As I came upon “Simply Love People,” I came to the realization that my freedom to love people is the most important, my number 1.
Recently in a message at church, my pastor shared with us that if you want to make a difference you must have LOVE (1 Corinthians 13). Many times, we strictly confine LOVE to relationships with partners (for example, 1 Corinthians 13 is shared during many wedding ceremonies, I think at the time I truly didn’t understand the meaning of LOVE, yes, LOVE is kind, LOVE is patient….but at 22 years old I don’t think I truly understood that LOVE should be shared with everyone).
How amazing would our world be if we chose to simply LOVE people (I think about times I may have not chosen to act from a place of LOVE and I lost an opportunity to give someone LOVE – how might a situation turned out differently?).
If someone gives you the freedom to be your true self, that’s LOVE right?
1 Corinthians 13 tells us:
The Way of Love
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
During the 4th of July celebrations of our freedom I ask you to ponder the following questions:
I am thankful this 4th of July for all we receive from our friends: the freedom to be our true selves. I thank you all for LOVING me so that I have the ability to share LOVE with others.
I choose to simply LOVE people.