TODAY THE WORDS are IMAGINARY CHAINS. Chains have been around for a long time and have always been seen as a restraint. Groups of prisoners who were chained together to avoid escape and made to work, were called chain gangs. Chains have been portrayed in plays, movies, books as a symbol of embarrassment and shame. Chains are strongly assembled and heavy because of their strength to insure inability to loosen their grip. The definition of chains no longer reflect any human bondage but rather they describe chains as: a connected flexible series of metal links used for fastening or securing objects and pulling or supporting loads. Hopefully, this is a good sign and we have risen above chaining people as pictures have shown how inhumane this could be and can leave permanent damage to skin and joints. If you reflect to the title however, I am not referring to the chains I have described here; I refer to imaginary chains. What, do you say, about imaginary chains? These are the chains we insert into our minds and in our hearts. I stay away from the therapists’ line of thinking that we inherit all negative things from past experiences and upbringing and therefore cannot help ourselves. I have seen far too many people rise above past experiences, learn from them, and move to high levels of success both mentally and financially. In other words, they have removed those imaginary chains of bondage; broke lose and freed themselves, you might say. Chains of bondage no matter the source are very real to the mind and are controlling as much as physical chains and need to be removed to prevent permanent scarring. Let me show you an example: Have you heard a person continually say, “I am a failure; I can’t do anything right; I am doomed; I meet the wrong kind of guy, every time; No one loves me, etc. and etc.” They are responding to their chains of mental bondage. They tug at them but never break them. A lot of the reasons I think, and I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am, are people find themselves comfortable even loaded down with the self imposed chains. As an animal lovers, I don’t like animals chained for any reason but I want to make a point about chains. If a dog is chained, they struggle and fight and bite the chain for days. They wear themselves out trying to loosen themselves but after a while, they stop struggling and work with the chains. To me, most humans do the same thing with imaginary chains. They struggle at first but after a while they stop struggling, accept those chains and live miserably carrying the extra weight. The key to happiness is stop accepting the load of imaginary chains and realize they are only able to restrain you if you let them. Break free today and toss off those chains; they are lighter and less meaningful than you think. Start enjoying the freedom of thinking YOU CAN instead of Woe is Me. Deeper thought…..God is the source of true freedom and will help you loose the chains of sin by tossing the negative thoughts away and replacing the chains with freedom of your soul.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
13Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. 14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death And broke their bands apart.
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