Free to Dream

Free to Dream

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
(John 8:31b-32)

A chemistry professor in a large college was told this story by a foreign exchange student about how to catch wild pigs.

“You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”

Being stuck can start to feel normal after awhile. We just take what the world gives us rather than pursuing God’s provision. Being captive to a sin, a habit, a hurt, or the bondage of bitterness and unforgiveness can become so ingrained we don’t even see the cage anymore.

Captivity is not what we were created for. Bondage is not God’s dream for any of us as His special creation. God created us for freedom, found only in Christ.


• Have you eaten any “free corn” that you came to realize was not free but came with a cost?


  1. I had heard this before but had forgotten it. Thank you for this wonderful reminder that sin is so subtle that we forget its power. It leads us into the dark places by gradually turning out the light. It can fauder one’s flesh to the point that they do not know how to feed themselves or how to do battle anymore. They have.settled for bondage to the point that freedom becomes a fantasy and truth is questioned at every angle. Their spiritual Vitality has been so deadened that they have hit a Dead End.
    How important it is to be Harold’s of the truth and Freedom Makers through the power of the Gospel and the message of Christ

  2. Sometimes we get trapped by our circumstances and not by crafty manipulators or the evil one.
    The fences seem just as high and brutal. In strange surrounding, when our life long mate ,
    we have to put our total trust in our savior. Ken McKinney Littlestown, PA
    Thanks for your encouragement.

  3. In my last reply, I was referring to loosing my life long mate, of 57 years, in a town where I know so few people.
    At times it is almost impossible to carry on and it would be without the grace of God.

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