MY SUNDAY JOURNAL
By Dalton Roberts
Looking up quotes and Bible verses for a talk on "Freedom," I
came across Galatians 5:1 and it hit me in a different way than ever
before. It says, "For freedom Christ has set us free."
For freedom's sake. It says to me that freedom has inherent value.
As Americans we believe that the best of the talents and gifts of people
comes forth in an atmosphere of freedom. But do we also see that our
personal, individual, God-given spiritual freedom brings out the best in
We are given freedom over outer dominion. Those who are dominated by
anyone or anything, can claim their freedom.
We have freedom over inner dominion – obsessions and compulsions. A
friend told me she couldn't quit smoking. Such a thought is an insult to
our own self as a child of God. We have been given freedom.
There is nothing that can keep us in bondage.
HIGH ALL DAY
After I quit drinking, I was playing in a nightclub and a friend bought
me a drink after I had told him I didn't want it. He said, "Man I
just wanted you to get high with me." I said, "Pal, I have
reached the wonderful place in life where I can stay high all day when I
just awake in the morning and feel good."
Catholic writer Brother David Steindl-Rast says one of the greatest joys
of learning meditation is the pleasure of getting spiritually high in
just a few minutes of centering yourself.
Maybe that doesn't sound like a worthy spiritual attitude to you. To me,
it is not only worthy, it is essential. When we are happy, the brain
releases serotonin, dopamine and all kinds of healing substances into
our bloodstream. They are carried throughout the body, healing as they
go. They travel even to your toenails.
So give your toenails a serotonin bath. Get high on life. Get high on