049 independence How many "selfmade" do you know? The truth is, of course, that none of us really do ourselves. We begin our life as a tiny point in the womb of our mother. We are born so weak that we would die within hours if left alone.

But once we reach adulthood, we believe we are independent and able to do it on our own. We long for freedom and we often say that being free means living in whatever way and doing what we like.

It seems that it is difficult for us humans to admit the simple truth that we need help. One of my favorite scriptures is: "He made us and not us himself to his people and sheep to his pasture" (Psalm 100,3). How true it is and yet how difficult it is for us to admit that we belong to him - that we are "the sheep of his pasture".

Sometimes only feverish crises in life, when it's almost too late, motivate us to admit that we need help - God's help. We seem to believe that we have every right to do what and how we like it, but, paradoxically, we are unhappy. To go one's own way and do our own thing does not bring the deep fulfillment and contentment that we all long for. We are like sheep going astray, but the good news is that despite our gross missteps in life, God never stops loving us.

In Romans 5,8-10, the apostle Paul wrote: «But God shows his love for us in the fact that Christ died for us when we were still sinners. How much more will he save us from anger now that we have been justified by his blood, for if we have been reconciled to God through the death of his son when we were still enemies, how much more we will be saved by his life, now that we are reconciled. »

God never abandons us. He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks. All we have to do is open the door and let it in. Without God our life is empty and unfulfilled. But God made us for the purpose of sharing his life with us - the joyful and full life shared by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Through Jesus Christ, the beloved Son of the Father, we become full members of God's family. Through Jesus, God has already made us his property, and through his love has bound us to himself in such a way that he will never let go of us. So why not believe the good news, turn to God in faith, take the cross and follow Jesus Christ? It is the only path to true freedom.

by Joseph Tkach