“Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.”- Charles Dickens: Great Expectations
I know, I don’t normally quote from literary works but I couldn’t pass this one up.
The chains that bind us in life don’t entangle us in one day. They are part of a progression. They begin with the one link and then grow stronger and more entangling one link at a time.
They are chains made of one compromise after another. Small little steps that may go unnoticed then one day we look at where we have come and we ask ‘how did we get here?’ One small compromise at a time. One little degree turn away from God.
No one wakes up one day and says I think I will destroy my marriage today. No one decides to one day alienate themselves from all their friends or strike out in anger at their children. No one just one day becomes an addict.
It all starts with one compromise. One rejection of the plan that God has for us. One glance back toward Sodom. One missed day of prayer.
We often don’t see the chains as they are forming. We blindly go through each day thinking that everything is normal. We offer excuses. A lot of people don’t spend time with God as they should. A lot of people get too busy to be with their family like they should. We are all really busy. It is my life after all. Who am I really hurting any way?
When did it all begin? What was that memorable day when you slid on the thin ice and started down that slippery slope of compromise?
Return to the Lord and Be Free!
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom
and broke away their chains. Psalms 107:13-14