For the first time in my life, I’ve joined a book club. Sort of. It’s actually a blog read-along.
The book we’re reading is a raw, transparent story about finding your true identity (Your Secret Name, Kary Oberbrunner).
In Congo, identity comes from names. Birth names are descriptive, defining, even prophetic. This past year I sought to understand the significance behind my name and discovered hope in its meaning. You can read more about that here.
So far I’ve only read four chapters in the read-along, but a few passages have caught my attention and beckoned me to ponder at greater length. Like this one:
“…we’re more in tune with our stomach pains than our soul ache. We think more often of our need for food than our need for freedom.”
Deep down in our souls we’re all yearning for something more, no?
- Maybe we’re too involved in the world to notice the longing in our souls.
- Maybe the voices around are so loud we cannot hear the cry of our hearts.
- Maybe, as Kary suggests, our hunger for food is deeper than our hunger for freedom.
And even in America—land of the free—most Americans aren’t living in freedom. No, our lives are just the opposite.
In the prosperous west, we’re in bondage.
- We’re in bondage to technology, appearances, materialism.
- We’re in bondage to our schedules, our careers, our goals, our 401Ks.
- We’re in bondage because of finances, fears, false beliefs, and faulty vision.
But Christ has come to set us free from all that. Maybe discovering your true identity will help loosen the strongholds. May you experience freedom in Christ.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17