From Wikipedia... on freedom being "Inner Autonomy":
"Freedom can also signify inner autonomy, or mastery over one's inner condition. This has several possible significances:
- the ability to act in accordance with the dictates of reason;
- the ability to act in accordance with one's own true self or values;
- the ability to act in accordance with universal values (such as the True and the Good); and
- the ability to act independently of both the dictates of reason and the urges of desires, i.e. arbitrarily (autonomously).
I've taken a leap of faith and I must say, I've never felt more free. I've surrendered my life to God and really, I've submitted my resignation from the casino as the first major step to making myself fully available to follow His will for my life and be prepared for the bountiful blessings He has in store for me.
God has taught me that His blessings are not always in the form of financial stability or His "YES" answers to my prayers. He has actually shown me that I am more often than not blessed whenever I willfully accept His "NO," "Wait" or "Wait Some More" answers and obey His leading even when I do not entirely understand His exact reasons or know His exact purpose.
I'm looking to the horizon, all geared up and ready to run and press on for the next hundred or even thousand miles with one goal, and that is: to echo at my earthly life's "finish line" what Paul has said in 2 Timothy 4:7>"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
I'm done doing things "my" way. Whatever is His way, that's the way I intend to go... for the rest of my life in this world; "in it, but not of it.."
"ALL GAMBLING IS GAMBLING."