Is your choice actually your choice?

<img class=”size-medium wp-image-7350″ src=”×300.jpeg” alt=”Steve Quillian is a leader in the historic window restoration industry ” width=”300″ height=”300″ /> The fact that you have influence over others doesn’t imply your personal sovereignty.
<p class=”p1″><em><span class=”s1″>Compliance is a virtue when </span>you are a slave</em></p>
<p class=”p1″><em><span class=”s1″>If you have no sovereignty, then </span>its alright to cave</em>.</p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>The idea of personal sovereignty is the idea of self ownership and the natural right to choose control over one’s own destiny.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Some words that are synonymous with sovereignty are autonomous, independent, liberty, free, unfettered, self-determining. </span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Schuyler Brown said, “<a href=””><span class=”s2″>What sovereignty seems to offer is choice; or liberation from automatic response</span></a>.”<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>I like that.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>However I’d modify that to say that sovereignty seems to be is a freedom, a choice, a liberation from a prodded response. </span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Do you live a sovereign life?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Are your choices sovereign?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Automatic?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Or are they prodded?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Are you indeed individual, distinct and self determining? Perhaps you’d like it that way.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Are your day to day choices your own? Or are they choices arising out of options placed before you?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Perhaps your choices are derived from an influence not you, from scenarios presented to you or even that you were placed in.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Perhaps you fell into a circumstance, not necessarily of your choosing, but by your own lack of personal awareness or lack of self control, escapism or addiction.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Perhaps it could be that down there, in the bottom of that pit that something is waiting there to exploit you in your weakest moment.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>With all the types of intelligence in this world, is that not possible? </span></p>

<img class=”size-medium wp-image-7351″ src=”×239.jpeg” alt=”Personal Sovereignty is based on living from within” width=”300″ height=”239″ /> Yes, I know you’ve seen this. The question still stands, is the choice you are making yours? Or has it been placed before you in a way that you are prodded to decide?
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>You are on social media and see a post that interests you so you go down the rabbit hole.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Who put that post there at that particular time for you to look at?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>It wasn’t you.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You might say, “Oh, I am just on there to be informed.”<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Informed?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>That’s a loaded word isn’t it?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Informed = formed within.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Informed by what?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>What is forming inside of you?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>What agenda?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Is it your agenda? </span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Maybe you chose to occupy a place where other’s influences rule.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Simply an observer.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>An observer for while anyway.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Soon a lure (attached to a string, no less) is passed before you – you bite.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>On the fisherman’s end, you biting means you get a reward.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Most fish, once hooked, become enlightened to a degree.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>If it lives, it might not fall for that thing again.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>But you?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Not you.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Something about that hook is pleasurable. You get something out of it.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You have to get something out of it, otherwise, why would you go back?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>When its painful you avoid the trap.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Step on a nail once and forever you are on the lookout.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>But for you, the trap keeps coming back. </span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Can you really say you are sovereign?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You swallow the lure every time.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You keep coming back.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You like it.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You keep getting what you want and don’t notice that your behavior has changed.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You are lured in and once comfortable, the game changes.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You are shown something else, something you weren’t counting on, that you didn’t need, ask for or want.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>But now you’ve seen it and it can’t be unseen.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Now you are responsible for information you didn’t volunteer for.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You are asked for an opinion, to take sides on an issue that you’d never known about and arguably didn’t need to know about.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Now you are spending your time, your choice, your freedom, spending your autonomy juggling and debating another’s idea, another’s influence. </span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>You are not your own.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Not sovereign.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You take the bait and the bait is laced with a morphine, a deadening drug so that you can be <a href=”;utm_medium=site%20buttons&amp;utm_campaign=site%20buttons”><span class=”s2″>dragged to pleasure island to be turned into an ass</span></a>.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>An ASS.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>A beast of burden, another’s burden placed upon you.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You are a labor device and your life is not your own.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You are a slave in the army of an ideology of another when you could be your own ideology.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Why not be your own ideology? </span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>And you just wanted a cheap, easy way to keep up with your family, to connect with your<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>friends and loved ones, to unite with lost friends.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Now you are the one who is lost. </span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Want to connect?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Then connect.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Connect in person, face to face, discuss your ideas, thoughts, problems, struggles, successes, dreams, goals.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Don’t take the drug.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>don’t take the easy way.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Work to establish your own sovereignty, lest you be a slave.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Decide from your own self, from your own thoughts, your own genius, what you will do, who you will be, what your life will mean. </span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Be the master of your own destiny.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Ask yourself, “Who is my master?”</span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1”>Proverbs 16:32 says that “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.“ </span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Sovereignty over self means ruling over your own spirit. </span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Am I sovereign over my own spirit?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Good question.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Lets start with our own impulses.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>If I can’t control my own impulses, if I’m not sovereign over that, how can I be free from the influences and prodding of others? </span></p>

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