True freedom is not doing what you like, but a process of becoming what should be. To possess a noble ideal and to work towards its fulfilment requires stamina and perseverance, and there are too many who would look upon this discipline as bondage.
Yet it is working towards the positive and the ideal that creates true liberty. Freedom, if it is to be truly realized, and to produce the lasting fruit of real well-being, demands discipline and sacrifice.
If you reject all restraints and live only to please yourself, without having a thought to others, you will soon be the slave of passions and influences over which you have no control.
To add to this unhappy state you will find that what you mistakenly took for freedom has turned into the sourness of disillusionment.
“Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil” (Proverbs 15.16)
by Rev. A. Walker (Faith for Daily Living)