Freedom! That’s what we celebrate this weekend, isn’t it?
But what about freedom in our relationships?
Well, the very best relational freedom is not that different from the freedom our country enjoys. Certainly we are independent from the sovereignty of the British government, but are we truly independent? I think not. It’s a global economy, after all, and we’re dependent on so many countries and factors. In fact, I would go so far as to say that, within our independence, we are also interdependent with every other nation on earth.
The same is true in our personal relationships! We are all interdependent on one another. We don’t want to be fully dependent or fully independent–both extremes are unhealthy, leading to codependency or isolation. But interdependency is that healthy balance in the middle. Freedom takes on a whole new level of complexity when we it comes to relationships! Finding that balance gives us the freedom to share and receive love on a deeper level, to have a genuine and vulnerable connection. That’s true freedom.
Remember that in your celebrations this weekend! And Happy Fourth of July!