As we approach that time of year again, a song that I remember hearing growing up continues to echo in my mind. The song is “Remember Your Chains” by Steven Curtis Chapman. This song has absolutely nothing to do with graduation, but as it has played over and over in my head I realize that it can be applied to each of our lives as we look to turn the pages to a new chapter in our lives.
The song deals with remembering the prison of sin prior to our salvation. Remembering the chains of bondage that held you down and kept you from moving forward, but also remembering that those chains are now gone…you have freedom. The hook of the song says:
“Remember your chains, remember the prison that once held you before the love of God broke through; remember the place you were without grace, when you see where you are now, remember your chains and remember your chains are gone.”
What a great message for us today no matter what we pursue in our lives…remember where you came from and remember that you are no longer that person. You are no longer held by the chains of your past…you have freedom. The message goes even deeper in the second verse of the song with the lyrics:
“There’s no one more thankful to sit at the table than the one who best remembers hunger’s pain; and no heart loves greater than the one that is able to recall the time when all it knew was shame. The wings of forgiveness can take us to heights never seen, but the wisest ones, they will never lose sight of where they were set free…love set them free”
This message is the one I want to convey to the graduates, but also to us all as we pursue a life of happiness and contentment…No one is more thankful than one who works to achieve a goal. Letting go of our past and moving forward in forgiveness for others, but also for ourselves…God forgives, and our past is our past…mistakes we may have made only make us more thankful for the future and the things we now have. Life may not always go our way, but little experiences will always help us to see the beauty of the moment we are in.
Today, as you look to the future, remember the past. Remember where you were set free…remember the work that you had to put in to accomplish this moment…the long hours, the long roads, the lessons learned and the love…the love of others, your family and friends. I urge you today, do not lose sight of all the work that got you to where you are today…and go with God…
Allow God to work in your life today, submit to his ways and allow Him to lead your steps. Seek him for clarity in the path that you feel led to take, and at the end of the day…Remember your chains and remember that your chains are gone. Nothing is holding you back from becoming who God wants you to be, the chains are broken and the world is awaiting.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge HIM and HE will direct your steps.” – Proverbs 3:5-6