The Fight for Freedom and Light
Written on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War, are these profound words.
They are from George Washington’s Farewell Address:
Freedom is a light for which many men have died in darkness.
Who better to speak to this point than General George Washington? He saw firsthand what this fight with darkness looks like.
These words profoundly display the true sacrifice that many have made to secure our freedoms.
I can’t think of anything more noble than putting one’s self through “darkness” so that others may have “light.”
I feel it is important to take that principle of freedom in Washington’s quote and apply it to the individual freedoms we should be pursuing in our own lives.
If you’ll indulge me, I would like to take that quote and change it slightly to bring it to the individual level:
As individuals, we must fight through personal darkness in our own pursuit for freedom and light.
Freedom is very much an individual battle just as it is a political one.
The same darkness that consumes those who fight in a war for other’s freedom, is also a force of darkness that we must fight in our own lives.
Because there are opposing forces in this world – light and dark, good and evil, freedom and slavery – if we want to get to the light (freedom) we must fight through the darkness.
And make have no doubt about it, there is a war going on to destroy the freedom of individuals in every aspect of our lives – financially, physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and as a family.
This darkness will be seen and felt whenever we are moving towards truth.
It is the destructive force that tries to hold us back and enslave us in any way it can.
If the darkness can convince us to give up, then our loss of freedom is certain.
This is why we must be seeking truth, light, and freedom.
It doesn’t matter what issue you are dealing with; freedom is what is on the other side of your battle.
If it is finances, getting out of debt and having savings in place will give you freedom.
If it is addiction, breaking those chains will give you freedom.
These examples can be extended to every area of our lives.
The world is masterful at trying to deceive us into believing that freedom can be found in ways other than overcoming our trials.
Taking the easy way won’t give us real freedom – only temporary, yet fake relief.
We have all gone through trials of darkness – where we feel like our personal freedoms are lost.
Some of us have gone through it with very difficult circumstances, and I applaud you for your determination.
Facing whatever trial or struggle you are going through is vital and essential to gaining the freedom we desire.
The encouraging news is that we can beat it. It won’t be easy or quick, but it is possible.
Let’s apply this principle of freedom to ourselves as we battle through that darkness in our pursuit for ultimate freedom and light.
To end, a final quote from Washington’s farewell address:
“The Independence and Liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts – of common dangers, sufferings and success.”
We too must add ourselves to this list of individuals who fought to defend the cause of freedom – both as a country and individually.
Founder of Freedom Elements