Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Gods truth...or the worlds lies??

I was recently listening to an album of a favorite band of mine from back when i was in high school called Plumb. Rummaging through my mountainous pile of chord sheets I pulled out their song "CandyCoatedWaterdrops" and sat down to play it on my guitar. Something about the lyrics this time jumped out at me, and I really started thinking about a few things. Just thought I would share a little of what my interpretation from this song is.

I get so inspired when I hear songs with lyrics that point me toward reality. The songs that inspire me to be a better person. The artists who aren't just here for their own fame and fortune, but who are a positive influence in this world. It puts a big smile on my face =) I'm not going to write out all these lyrics...although each part of the song I think has many great messages and I would recommend looking them up and reading them for yourself if you want. But, I just want to point out a few that stood out to me.

""What is this mass confusion, this crazy way we're living....This emptiness we're passing out, like candy coated waterdrops". My interpretation. Our lives becomes stressful, crazy, confusing at times...filled with "things" to occupy our minds, hearts, and souls..yet at the end of the day we are still left feeling empty. Why is that? We have "candy coated water drops" all around us. Things that on the outside seem desirable, sweet, and at the moment may feel good...but when you get past the surface nothing is completely fulfilling. It lacks substance. The job isn't all you thought it was cracked up to be. The relationship is losing its flame. Friends or family let us down and hearts get broken. Our expensive cars, houses, toys, clothes, etc just aren't cutting it. Things don't turn out to be what we expected so we are left disappointed, unfulfilled and empty. And unfortunately, most of the time we are to blame. Our expectations towards all of these things are unrealistic. We are putting our hopes in humans, in careers, in possessions..and not in The One who will never leave us nor forsake us.

"When nothing means everything, your daily routine...you go through the motions, like a helpless machine. If the world stopped spinning, If the end was beginning...would you even notice if I wasn't there" My interpretation. Plain and simple. The things in our lives that seem like "everything" to us...most of the time are really "nothing" in the big picture of things. But it's hard for us to be "big picture" oriented. We live in a world of instant gratification. We do our same thing day after day, live fairly comfortable, and our lives become like clockwork. A machine. But although it's familiar...we aren't fulfilled. And until we realize one thing we never will be. God does not intend for our lives to be lived this way. The worlds plan for us is nothing even close to what God desires. He has placed us on this earth for a time...and lets not forget that that time will be up. And when it is...will you have placed your hopes in this world...or in God. This world perishes...but God's plan for us is everlasting. For Eternity.

Listen to what our God says about this:

1 John 2:15-17 - The Message
"Don't love the world's ways. Don't love the world's goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity."

Below is a video of this song. I hope somehow that this post inspires you to be thankful for the many blessings that God has given us here on this earth...but also inspires the reality of the "bigger picture". Wanting God enough to let him interrupt our daily routine!

Friday, February 5, 2010

In The Kitchen...Or At His Feet??

The Busyness Of Life...

Find a new place to live...shop for paint and furniture...register for school...look for a part-time job...drop off applications...make a dentist appointment...get your tires rotated...do laundry...prepare for a girls night with our high school students from church...transpose and email music/chord sheets to the youth band for worship on sunday...lead a small group meeting...do some grocery shopping...have dinner with your roommate and friends...spend a few moments with those you love and care about...and all on top of your full-time job. A look at a day in my life as of recently.

Do you ever find yourself becoming so overwhelmed with the curveballs that life throws at you? I'm pretty sure everyone can relate to that to some extent. Whether it's chaos that we create because we overcommit ourselves to too many different things...or job/career issues that never seem to cease...or relationships new or old that are constantly needing attention...it's a never ending cycle. It can be good things, bad things, routine things, it doesn't matter...all of them take time. All of them require thought, energy, planning, time and patience to be completed.

In the midst of all thats going on in this life...what am I doing in order to keep myself filled up? What is my escape? Am I giving myself a break? Am I allowing myself God moments? Peaceful moments. Relaxing moments. We all should ask ourselves this. How these moments take place will be different for everyone...but it's important that we set time aside to revive our minds, souls and spirits. Move from being task oriented...to purpose oriented. What are our priorities?

Luke 10:38-42 says:

38. As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Martha was so busy taking care of the "tasks" around her that she was passing up the one thing that really matters in this life. The one thing that will be there when all else fades away. The one person who's words carry all power and truth. I NEVER want to be that person who is so consumed by the daily walk of this life...that I forget who it is that I'm even walking this life for. Yes, we are God's hands and feet here on this earth. Yes, we have things that we need to accomplish, and it will consume our time and cause us to be busy. That's not necessarily a bad thing. But when and if we try to do any of this without letting God lead us, keeping Him in the forefront and without being willing to stop, listen, and let His Spirit breathe life into us...that is when we will fail!!

When He is in the room, will you be in the kitchen...or will you be at his feet?? This song by Kari Jobe called "Sweep Me Away" has been my hearts cry for the past few weeks. Doesn't matter what chaos is going on around us, God is waiting for a moment to sweep us away where nothing else matters but us and Him. Those moments are the moments I long for each and every day!!