It was stressful.
He was old enough to run and too young to listen. I had to order him to hold my hand, patiently explain the differences between a side walk and busy street, the dangers of oncoming traffic, how to look both ways before crossing an intersection, and why you shouldn’t ring a door bell more than once. Linc and I came home after an hour exhausted from all the rules.
I used to see Christianity this way as well. Who in their right mind would sign up for a bunch of rules and restrictions? How is that better than the life I’m living now? Where is the so called “freedom” in that? However, this is not the kind of law that God describes for us.
“So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.”(1)
The “law of liberty” frees and allows us to be all that we can be in Jesus. The law aligns us closer and closer to our creator and makes us more and more as we were intended to be. This liberty does not mean license. License (doing whatever I want to do) is the worst kind of bondage because it quickly enslaves us to sin. License is confinement while liberty is fulfillment.
That’s why this year’s block party invitation ordeal was much different with Lincoln. See, he knew the difference between a sidewalk and street now so he was free to run. He understood he should look both ways before crossing a street so he didn’t have to wait for Dad. Linc learned not to ring a door bell more than once so he was at liberty to invite our neighbors just the way he wanted to. Best of all, he didn’t have to hold my hand but just wanted to.
And we had a really good time. It was a memory maker for us both as we ran around in the warm summer evening. I was so proud of him as we sat on our porch, sipping juice, and recapping all the neighbors we met. He’s growing up on me and I love the man he’s becoming. Our relationship is about much more than rules. In fact, the rules just help us enjoy each other that much more.
and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts.(2)
May the law liberate you today and bring you closer to the Father.
1. James 2:12
2. Psalm 119:45