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Many years ago, I heard a song that had these lines: “It’s my life take it or leave it… I got my own life you got your own life…Mind your business and leave my business… stop bothering me… It’s my life…”. As a young adult, I found the song attractive and the journalist RS Murthi described it as “a righteous declaration of independence”. We all are attracted to a life without rules, without consequence, without judgement.
What sort of a person would I be, if I “lived life to do as I please, no rules, no limits, absolute independence”? On my good days, probably loving and kind; on my bad days, probably difficult if not impossible to live with. Imagine a place with just a 100 people with no rules and no consequences even for murder; imagine that everyday only 10 people are in a bad mood; just these 10 could make life a horror for the other 90.
Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 (New Living Translation): ‘You say, “I am allowed to do anything” – but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything” – but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.’ Absolute freedom will not bring world happiness. Exercising our free will without any form of self-control will not bring paradise.
Worldwide lasting happiness comes when Revelation 22:1-3 (New Living Translation) becomes real: “Then the angel showed me a river… On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him.” It is not the absolutely independent person that finds true happiness, it is the worshipper who trust in the Lord God.
Lord, show us how to achieve true lasting happiness, Amen!