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The Polar Bear In Your Mind


Years ago, the Denver Zoo had a difficult decision to make. They received the gift of a beautiful, large polar bear, but the problem was that there was no existing room for the bear.

At the time of the gift, the board of directors was in the middle of a fund-raising campaign to renovate the zoo.

Due to the gift of the polar bear, they changed the strategy to include a magnificent habitat for the polar bear in their renovation plans.

In the meantime, the bear was put in a small temporary cage. The space was so small that it could only take three steps, turnaround, and walk three steps back.

So this is what the bear did on a daily basis. And because of unforeseen delays the construction took three years, but the bear’s new home was grand—waterfalls, caves, and lots of space.

The bear entered its new home, looked around, took three steps, turned around, took three steps back, and turned around. He was free from the constrained environment, but he wasn’t free in his mind.

The polar bear allowed the circumstances of being in a small cage dictate his freedom and maybe you are a Christian, but you still feel bound by the old life. Maybe there’s a voice that keeps telling you that you are unworthy.

Free yourself from old habits of thinking. Reverse your perspective. We are free, not condemned. We are loved, not forsaken. We are the apple of God’s eye, not the worm that destroys it.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). Think thoughts of freedom, not thoughts of despair, and it will take some time to silence the old foe and live in this new freedom.

Helen Keller once said, “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

This is the reversal of perspective. We see the future more than the past. We hear the voice of freedom, more than the one that keeps us in bondage. We long for the tree of life more than the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We trust the future because He holds it. We put down our burdens and take up his yoke.

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