Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.

— Moshe Dyan —


A few months ago, I began closing out my day by writing in my journal what I was Grateful for, what Obstacles I encountered and overcame, what Accomplishments I had, and what situations I needed to Turn over to God for help.

I call it my G.O.A.T. (greatest day of all time) exercise.

Quite often, I note that I am grateful for my freedom.

I will never take freedom for granted.

I have a twofold reason for noting freedom on my gratitude list.

  • Because of Christ, I’m free from the bondage of sin. I’m not saying I don’t sin, but I don’t have to carry the weight associated with guilt and shame because of my sin. I am forgiven and, therefore, free.


  • Because of an amazing idea created by our forefathers almost 250 years ago, I live in a nation that protects my unalienable rights of life, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. I can be me.

Happy Independence Day!

Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (ESV)



Plan – A dream/goal remains a dream until it is put into writing. Putting your dream or goal in writing is the first step in creating a PLAN to achieve it. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Effort—Turning your dream/goal into reality requires a commitment to consistent and focused effort toward executing your plan. Nothing great in life happens without working hard.

Attitude—If you believe you will achieve your dream, your chances of achieving it exponentially increase. Always remember that your attitude determines your altitude in life.

Community – Nothing great in life happens by doing it alone. The chances of achieving your dream expand as your COMMUNITY of positive mentors and coaches expand. You become the average of the five people you spend the most time with…and yes, spending time with “people” through books and instructional videos factors into your average.

Energy—Chasing and achieving your dream requires optimal mental, physical, and spiritual ENERGY. So put your dream in God’s hands and focus on nurturing your mental and physical well-being.

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