In this physical world, yes, we are encouraged to be independent, and it is a vital part of maturing and growing up and that, also, has a great emphasis on preparing our personal relationship with Jesus because we then freely choose to turn to Him, and recognize Him as our Savior. Especially when things become overwhelming, but then you find that it is the only thing you can do, turn to Him in all things. In happiness, in excitement, when things are going well and when things are not. Your relationship with Him begins to build and build and become something so private, so intimate, and so personal. It should become the most important relationship in your life because this then allows for spiritual maturity, something God eagerly wants us to receive. And the key to that is to have independence from the world, which is a necessary part of becoming dependent upon God. By becoming independent from the world, we freely choose to turn to Him in how we should act, dress, respond, share, love and this builds a reliance on Him, our Abba, our Heavenly Father, our Creator. His Word becomes priority in our life, He brings us into living limitless in this limited world, showing us that He is faithful, He is just, and He is greater than all things. We intimately begin to know Him. Can you even believe that? We are able to get to really know our Abba, our Heavenly Father, the Great I Am. And all of this allows Jesus to prepare us for an eternity with Him. And when it all comes down to it, when your body dies, it is broken down to just you and Him, are you ready to face Him because you intimately know Him? Will you recognize Him as He wants you to? What is your relationship with Him?