If you get a chance, look at the lyrics to Casting Crown's "Just Another Birthday" by clicking here.
Then take a moment to watch this video featuring the lead singer, Mark Hall:
What a precious Daddy that young girl has. Mark was right when he explained we all need a loving father figure to pour into us, making us feel secure and safe. This truly is one of the staples to a solid life, and those without it are far more likely to crumble.
In the lyrics posted above, we walk through a young girl's life, up until the age of twenty-one. She first tells us of how heartbroken she was when her Daddy never showed up. Then we see her again a few years later. She has tried to fill this huge void in her heart with everything possible--sports, friends, alcohol, boys, even sex. I for one can't blame her for doing this. She used logical sense to turn towards the things that the world says "make it all better." She is trying to fill her desire for a father.
At the end of the song, this young mother is watching her daughter laugh and play at her birthday party. Thanking God for his grace and redemption, she whispers softly to herself, "You are my happy birthday, and you were born to break the chains."
This young girl may or may not know her father either, but her mother has a heavenly hope that surpasses all question and doubt that this young life will survive. Her mom found the way to peace and restoration, and through that she will train up her child. This is breaking the cycle.
You see, the young mother in the song faced many choices throughout her life. One of those choices was to keep her baby or abort it. Another could have been to accept the bible study invitation her friend extended to her. And one of the most important decisions she had, was the one to choose God. Not just the safe, Americanized Christian God who asks us to go to church on Sunday and be nice to one anther. No, this woman chose the real thing.
She wanted a God with passion and intimacy. A God who wants to love her through and through to the very depths of her soul. A God whose grace humbled her to the point of brokenness, so broken, in fact, that she remained that way until he walked her through the long and bitter-sweet healing process.
This is the God who filled her void. This is the God who made her whole and new again, the God who gave her hope and life to pass on to her children, regardless of her circumstances or income. This woman chose to be a cycle breaker. She chose to break the cycle of fatherless homes in her family. No longer did she want to follow in the mistakes of those before her. This time, she would choose differently, and she would choose right--a decision that will affect her family for generations to come.
Rise up cycle-breakers.
How will you choose?