Pick the lock.  Ditch the captors.  Run for your life.

We all know how escape works.  We win freedom in the ‘get away.’

Sometimes freedom doesn’t come through escape, though.  I’ve realized, this year, that I like to avoid difficult things – escape what is sure to be a soul-captor.  Internal dialogue screams that the way of escape is to ignore this difficult place – pretend like it isn’t happening – smile at my kidnappers and be pleasant – get away.

I am certain (at least this time) that won’t work.  Embracing it – leaning into the difficult – and owning the fear, anger, frustration, and angst this soul terrorist has strapped my body with will truly be the only way to release it to God.  It’s the only escape to true freedom.


Author: Darren Sutton

I've been in student ministry nearly 30 years…which generally just confirms how much I still don't know. Some days I'm the pizza-eating, over-responding, teaching-on-the-fly, desperate-for-volunteers, frustrated-with-co-workers youth leader that we all are. And sometimes…I knock it out of the park. I'm everywhere on social media that you are!

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