When our heart is freed from the error of our own will, then we learn to maximize the benefits of God’s freedom. When we search intently for God’s will–with a heart which is completely open–we experience the greatest joy and most magnificent adventure of our lifetime. I’ve often advised my clients whose actions have landed them behind bars to use the distraction-free time to allow God to teach them to build their character so when they are released, they will know how to handle their freedom. It’s a lesson God is teaching me. You see, imprisonment isn’t limited to wearing orange stripes in a cement box. The steel trap of our mind can be one of the worst prisons in the world. The dangerous gauntlet of our emotions can beat us into a useless pulp. Depression, anxiety, fear, worry, desire, loneliness, rejection, insecurity, etc., can imprison the mind and heart of even the most wealthy, successful and free people–and produce misery worse than physical incarceration. We desperately try to escape by distracting ourselves with entertainment, work, over-indulgence, church activities, family, addiction, prescriptions, projects, friendships—even doing good works; however, we are only absolutely free when we learn to free ourselves in the will of Our Father because His way is perfect. In God’s will, we build character and learn how to handle our freedom in such a way that it won’t EVER enslave us. In His will, we find His Spirit Who shows us how to live absolutely free. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”(2 Cor. 3:17) The promise of freedom is found in Him—not in anything LESS than Him! “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Gal. 5:1) When we find freedom in His will, we are enabled to place the keys of freedom into the hands of those who are still imprisoned. When you’ve been a slave yourself, there is great joy in helping others become free. God’s will is the key to being free!