It is easy to be misled to think
That freedom is entitlement to obtain
Whatever we want, when we want it,
Be it pleasing or wasteful or vain.

Yes, we’ve been given free will,
But that doesn’t mean absence of price
For choosing that which is not for our good,
For rejecting virtue for vice.

For what is the opposite of freedom
But the state of being a slave?
And how is it we become captives?
By being bound to the things that we crave.

When those things are not for our good,
Then they keep us from being whole.
And so, we make ourselves prisoners
To those things which harm body and soul.

But in choosing what’s right and good—
Though some would call that restriction—
We are actually choosing true freedom
From the degrading slavery of addiction.

It has been said, time and time again,
That by truth we shall be freed.
So seek the truth and seek God’s will
And find true personal freedom indeed!

— Natalie H., Indianapolis, Indiana USA

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