Occasionally we find ourselves confused by our own behaviour. There is nothing much more bewildering than surprising ourselves with the decisions we make. The person we thought we knew best appears to be a stranger in the mirror, looking back at us, equally confused.
“Who are you?”. By asking yourself questions in the third person, you can really start to feel you’re losing it. “Why did you DO that?”. It’s funny how we feel better after having a bit of a go at ourselves. (Humour me if nobody else does this, please)
Our identities are made up of many factors and elements. Our upbringing, our environment, the way we see the world, the people we know. But if we believe we are a new creation, our identity is found in one place and one place only. We’re no longer drawing from our old factors, our past ways or familiar thought patterns.
If we are a new creation, we’re free. We are not bound to any sin, person or life pattern. I suppose if we don’t believe we are a new creation, then we won’t live free.
There was once a case study where a Grizzly Bear was taken back into the wild after being in captivity for several years. He slowly came out of the cage and wandered into the wild, before turning back, climbing back into the cage, and closing the door.
Maybe we view freedom in a wrong light. We can often think that being free means not doing anything; that it’s easy and it’s enjoyable. My experience now tells me that a free person is a busy person. A free person must remind themselves that they are free and brave it out. Not wander back into the cage because it feels familiar.
NB. I agree that the bear has little relevance other than the mentioning a bear in the piece, but he looks cute and he adds colour.