Ruth was gleaning in the field when a man walked up to her and began a conversation. “Boaz said to Ruth, ‘My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.’” (Ruth 2:8-9, New International Version)
All of us have seasons of life that we view as wasted years. If you do not, hang on. It will happen. We experience these seasons for different reasons. Sometimes we are running from God. Other times we are relying on our own abilities. Then there are times when we simply do not care about God or His plan for our lives. No matter what lands us in a difficult season, we do not have to stay in that place. God is a redeeming God. He brings meaning out of the messes that we create.
Galatians 5:1 teaches that freedom is available today! In fact, Jesus valued your freedom so much that He gave His life in order to secure it. This truth should cause you to stop and think about the amount of freedom you experience. No longer do you have to remain bound up in slavery by giving in to the influences of this world. Jesus Christ has purchased your freedom and offers it to you!
This freedom is the heart of my devotional book, "Free to Thrive," and it's a message I feel is so important to s...