Today’s guest post comes from Ginny Dent Brant. She’s an educator, counselor, writer, and speaker. She is the author of Finding True Freedom:From the White House to the World, a memoir about her father, Harry S. Dent, Sr. and their journey of freedom and faith. More info at www.ginnybrant.com
Birthed in Freedom
I was raised in the halls of power and the cradle of freedom in Washington, DC because my father Harry S. Dent, Sr. served a senator and three presidents. Patriotism oozed through my veins. The fight for freedom motivated every beat of my father’s heart—especially against Communism. America gave us the freedom to achieve our dreams.
Our assent to the top was exhilarating. I once thought the greatest day of my life was the day I was offered the opportunity to model in New York City. And my dad once thought his greatest day was the day he swore to serve the President of the United States. But we both had a lot of learn about God and what He values.
My Greatest Day
My greatest day came the day I realized I needed a Savior and began pursuing His plans for my life. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you . . . plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” There’s nothing more liberating than discovering why God created you, and doing it.
My father was not fond of my new found freedom warning me, “You’ll never be a success” and “You’ll end up some ‘gosh awful missionary!’” Although my heart was torn between my earthly and heavenly Father, I continued to migrate toward this new freedom in God. My broken spirit was lifted with this promise from Matthew 6:33 (KJV) “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Years of prayers emanated from the core of this daddy’s girl. As I prayed, God was working. As I continued my freedom journey of following His plans for my life, He brought my father to his knees and breathed in him a new definition of freedom. A definition so profound, my father left his political ambitions and dashed after God’s will for his life.
His Greatest Day
I watched as God miraculously transformed my father from a political strategist to His Kingdom strategist—a “gosh awful missionary” and a man who’d walk through doors only God could open. My father helped the country of Romania and the underground church to recover from the devastating effects of Communism. He served in ministry for over 25 years. He found that his greatest days came after he bowed on bended knee to serve the King of Kings.
After worshipping with believers from the underground church in Romania and China, we’ve discovered God’s freedom can be found anywhere in this world. Earthly freedoms are His gift to us so we can fulfill God’s plans in our lives. True freedom is not found in government, political parties, wealth or power. It is only found in following Christ and His plans for your life.