There’s just something about this hymn isn’t there? The nostalgia comes in almost instantly and I am transported back in time to a church pew and a choir in the loft. It’s more than just a song, though. There’s life in those words. “Oh to grace how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be. Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.”
Our days are so filled with distractions. The world encourages us to step away from all things Godly. Listen to the music everyone listens to. Watch the shows and movies our friends are raving over on social media. If we take a pause, we can so easily see the darkness in it. Those things are so detrimental to our walk. They pull us away from things of God. Little by little, we make small decisions that desensitize us and distract us. Then, without even realizing it, we have been led down a path that is so destructive to the wholesome journey we crave with our Heavenly Father.
The good news is, we can choose better, for ourselves, for our families. That’s not always easy because it means not giving in to the peer pressure to be like everyone else. To be liked because of commonality. Truth be told, We all mess up daily. It’s part of our humanity, but we don’t have to live in that sin. We can give it to God, and turn away from all the darkness. Choosing Jesus means going against the crowd. He gives us the power in our free will, To bind our hearts to Him. To allow Him in to permeate our mindset with that of a restorative future. He never stops being merciful. He never stops loving us.
Would we consciously make choices that harm our relationships with our spouses or our children? No, we protect those because they are sacred to us. What does your relationship with Christ look like today? Let’s fixate on making that our most important relationship, because it is.