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Actions, choices form unbreakable chains

Once there was a blacksmith who was known for making high quality chains. Virtually unbreakable, he took great pride in his chains, painstakingly forming, welding and hardening every piece. When the work was finished, he would apply his trademark...

Once there was a blacksmith who was known for making high quality chains. Virtually unbreakable, he took great pride in his chains, painstakingly forming, welding and hardening every piece. When the work was finished, he would apply his trademark on each link.

As is sometimes the case, the blacksmith fell onto hard times, and in an effort to improve his situation, he became involved in an unlawful act for which he was arrested. Bound as a common criminal, he was led away to prison. However, on the way he saw an opportunity to escape, and having worked with chains all his life, decided he would break his shackles with a large rock and get away. However, when he prepared the chain to receive his freeing blow, he noticed a familiar mark. The chains that bound him had been formed by his own hand. His attempt at freedom was useless.

Although we may know nothing about the blacksmith trade, we can all be experts at forming unbreakable chains. It all begins by actions or choices that develop patterns in our lives. These move from choices to desires and eventually habits. In themselves, each action may seem innocent enough, but over time, they can form chains with large, unbreakable links. Unknowingly we carefully craft the very links that enslave us.

Before we end up in the desperate situation of our blacksmith, remember the words of Warren Buffett: "Chains of habits are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken."

Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.

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