Leilah Ruth Vaughn (Age 15) - Testimonial

This past week I went on a missions trip to Canton North Carolina. I’ve been twice before and each time I come back full and renewed and with pockets full of lessons.

This time the main lesson I learned was that I am not supposed to hold back. I am supposed to give it my all for Jesus. Not only that, but I am called to do it wholeheartedly.

I have known that all my life but I have not seen the difference it can make in your life when you do so. In the ideal world, everything is a put-on put-off situation. Thus, if I am not supposed to hold back, what am I to do? What am I to let go of? What chains are holding me back?

(haha do you get my title now? I’m talking about chains…a lot.)

Any and everything can be a chain holding you back. For me, there is a lot of them.

For the week, I felt as though my “theme song” was ‘break every chain’. My goal for the week was to break every chain that held me back from serving and focusing on God and others.

Some of those chains are indeed not broken yet and are still pretty tightly linked together, however just as the song says there is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain. So that’s what I am going to do. Call on Jesus to break my chains.

For the longest time, I have thought it is the worst thing ever to let go of a friendship and to give up on someone. While I was there I realized that is far from correct. In fact, it is often necessary to break away from the relationships that are dragging you down and distracting you from what really matters. So what did I do? I made amends and I am done. That relationship was keeping me from what God had planned for me and it was about time I saw that. That chain is now broken.

Another chain that holds me very tight is social media and my phone. Basically, anything that has internet access. That is one thing I am really going to struggle with for a long time. As I grow up in his grace I will learn how to die to myself and get rid of my phone/internet addiction.

And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. (Luke 9:23)

We are called to daily to give ourselves up to Him with all our heart. We are called to hold nothing back.

There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain that we have and ever will have. The question is, what do you love more? Those chains or Jesus?