Independence and Dependence

And if thou wilt be truly free...(signed2)

Today is Independence Day in my country. I’m proud of this country and of the freedoms its founders proclaimed. But I’m under no delusion that it can grant me the kind of freedom for which my soul truly hungers. Indeed, that kind of freedom can only by granted by the author of freedom itself. And that kind of freedom comes not from independence but, ironically, from recognizing my profound dependence upon the One who both created me and “in whom I live and move and have my being” (Acts 17:28).

“For He has humbled you, and in your hunger given you manna to eat, which neither you nor your ancestors knew, so you might understand that you do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of your Creator.” ~Deuteronomy 8:3


About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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34 Responses to Independence and Dependence

  1. Abe Austin says:

    Dang, that’s an excellent saying you got there, Mitch. Simple, memorable, seemingly paradoxical yet true, and even poetic!

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  2. DeniseBalog says:

    AmenπŸ™ Happy Fourth of July Mitch to you and your family. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ™

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  3. francisashis says:

    Hello Dear,wish you a very happy Independence Day.May the mighty Lord shower you with true freedom.Take care.πŸ’πŸŒ·πŸŒΉπŸ™πŸ’—

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  4. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Happy Fourth of July Mitch

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  5. numrhood says:

    acts 42:53 as the monkey paths
    deuteronomy 33:03 call unto thee
    thou shall answer thee


  6. To two hundred and forty something years, Happy 4th of July!
    Heard the fireworks were “massive”

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  7. Perth Girl says:

    β€œ And if thou wilt be truly free, let God alone rule over thee” – love that.
    Happy 4th of July.

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  8. writersiyandamzolo says:

    Happy belated Independence dayβ€”i don’t even know if there’s anything like that 😁🀷.
    But please treasure that which you have (Independence) and appreciate it. You know my country got Independence in April 1968 but its citizens are now against being ruled by a King and are fighting for democracy. It’s all a huge mess with almost everything coming to a halt. I wonder if this fight is worth it🀷

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  9. Jon says:

    Happy Independence Day Mitch! All the more blessed when honoring the Author of our blessings.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. K.L. Hale says:

    Beautiful, Mitch. I was just sharing with family that true freedom comes from Christ alone. Happy Independence Day to you and yours!

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