Love broke the chains that shackled me!
What comes to mind when you hear, "Chain Breaker?"
A strong person breaking physical chains with power and might?
A criminal breaking out of jail?
A tool used to cut chains to the correct length?
A mentally ill person finding healing and hope?
A "chain breaker" is someone who has overcome self-limiting beliefs and destructive habits. I can hear it - all the "chain breakers" just shouted woot-woot! We are not perfect but have found a place of health and peace we did not know existed before.
Lilia Tarawa shares her story of growing up in a cult in New Zealand (CLICK HERE to see her story). In the video she makes this powerful statement:
"Love for others broke the chains that shackled me. If I could learn to love myself the way I loved [others] then I wouldn't take anyone's bullshit. What does it mean to love myself? What does it mean to love myself so fully that if anyone tries to shame me again, I am the first to stand up for myself."
Lilia is a Chain Breaker. She broke free from the chains in her own life. Now she is sharing her story in hopes of helping others be set free also!
At rehab in 2018, I dealt with my view of who God is and how He views me, and all my mess-ups. For many years I viewed God as the moral judge sitting in heaven tallying up my sins. I felt as though once I made enough mistakes, God would move on from me. I thought, "I would give up on me if I were God."
Romans 2:4 is a Bible verse I have heard many times, yet, it wasn't until going through rehab I began to understand it.
"Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?" Romans 2:4 (NLT)
My view of myself was tainted, so I was blinded by my shame and guilt. I viewed God as I was, not as He is. God doesn't put up with us. God loves us unconditionally even after we repeatedly disobey Him! God treats us with kindness because He wants to take our hand and guide us to a better life.
"In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change." Romans 2:4 (MSG)
God's love allowed me to become a chain breaker! His love is undeserved, unconditional, relentless, reckless, and perfect! I saw real change happening when I internalized and accepted the truth from Romans 2:4.
What "chains" are you trying to shake free of?
Are you willing to wade into the messy waters of being a vulnerable and self-aware person? In going to rehab and starting my company, I have decided I will no longer live life with my eyes closed. I am willing to wade into the messes in life knowing I have a Heavenly Father holding my hand through it all.
For those looking to shake off your "chains," I came up with helpful steps you can take. Are you ready to B.E. D.I.R.T.Y.?
Believe in Jesus (John 3:16)
Engage in the healing process, give it time
Disengage from negative, unhealthy habits
Invite support and accountability into your life
Release your need to control the outcome and trust God's plans
Tell others what God has done for you
Yield to God's leading in your life
You can experience real change - a change that lasts!
Zach Williams, a musician, has a song entitled Chain Breaker.
I have found this song to be uplifting in my life.
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