Monthly Archives: February 2013

Outside Looking In.

So this video and song by Jordan Pruitt is a MAJOR throwback to the good ole days of middle/elementary school. I remember hearing this song and just being inspired, not because I was really going through bullying or anything like that, but it just made me rethink what I was doing on a day to day basis. After further pondering I realized that I need to change my focus a bit. By looking through a different lens its easy to see that everyone has their own story. Everyone is suffering through something, but some people fail to notice it.

We never know who watches us on a day to day basis. By living in a Christlike manner everyday, who knows who we will touch.

Just a quick reminder for myself and others to try to remember that the world doesn’t revolve around us. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes every once in a while, and who knows how your life can change.

//Jesse//

What is Love?

 

“My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.

My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!” (I John 4:7-12 The Message)

 God is love.  To put it in mathematical terms God equals love.  He is the standard of love.  What did he do to become this standard of love?  Well about 2000 or so years ago, he did something incredible.  He sent his only Son into the world…. to die.  

Imagine you are a mother or a father, would you willingly send your child out knowing that the end result would be a premature death?  I doubt any of us could answer that with a yes.

But why would God send his Son to die?  He did it out of love.  Love for each and every person who has lived, who is living now, and who will live in the future.  Love for a people of which not one of us in sinless.  Inherently we are separated from God by our sin nature.  God loved us so much that he sent his Son Jesus to die a painful death on the cross so that we may have to opportunity to live eternally with him.  That is a crazy concept.

As a society overtaken my romantic novels and movies, shows like “The Bachelor” and whatnot, I think our idea of love is often skewed.  Love is often portrayed as strictly a physical attraction between 2 people.  While that can truly play its part, I’ve been starting to realize it is more than that.  When ever I tell my significant other “I love you”  I need to keep in mind again that God is love.  Whenever I say it, it needs to be a promise.  A promise that I will love that person with the love of God, unconditionally.  

No matter what we do, God loves us.  No matter how many times we screw up, God loves us. Keep that in mind, that in times of trouble when it seems like there is no one to turn to, God is there. God is love.

//Jesse//

Playing the Background.

So many times I try to too much out of selfish ambition. This is probably one of my favorite songs, because it not only reminds me of all the things Christ has done for me, but its reminds me that I am not in control. Even when I feel like I HAVE to be in control, I just need to remember to take the background, and let God do what he needs. After all, who knows everything that was and is to come?

There will be times when things happen that we don’t see coming.  Funny thing is, nothing surprises God.  He knows who we are, what we’ve done, and what we will do.  It’s kind of a scary thought thought, having some dude watching over us all the time knowing everything we do.  So would God be pleased with everything I do or think, even when no one is watching.  Probably not, it just takes a new mindset to realize that I only serve 1 purpose on Earth.  That purpose is to glorify God every single day.  If we don’t do that, then we really aren’t living up to what we should be.  So my challenge to you and to myself before, during, or after you watch this video is to realize that you are not in control.

The whole goal of a background singer is to harmonize with the lead vocalist to make him or her sound better.  They never get any credit for what they do, all the glory goes to the lead.  In the end, God is the lead, and we are the terrible background singer that really can’t do justice to God’s awesome vocals.  But who cares, he loves us at our highest points and our lowest points. Remember that.

//Jesse//