If my life is a song, what are people listening to?

Romans 6:13

~~~Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.~~~

Our lives are all a series of choices. We decide what we want to eat, what we want to wear, the shoes we want to show off, what we want our makeup to look like, every aspect of who we are is put on display for others. I would like to say that I don’t really care what others think about me but that just wouldn’t be 100% truthful. Some part of me no matter how small has a certain version of myself that I want people to see. That’s a choice that I make daily. Of course I usually run into everybody and their grandma on the day when I am a mess! Not even a hot mess, just a mess. But that is besides the point. When I’m intentional, there’s a version of me I like to show.

Romans 6:13 tells us we are instruments to be used one way or another.  We make daily choices that decide what type of instrument we are. Sean brought a new view of this scripture that makes so much sense!  Previously I had always thought of this scripture more along the lines of battle, us being the instruments or tools used. But think of this in terms of music, and each of us are making a song with everything we do. We can play to the tune of sinful nature, or we can play to the tune of righteousness. What is your life song saying about you?

Does the tune we are playing stand out because it’s so different from everything playing around us? This scripture tells us the fundamental issue we all ponder, who do I want to be?  So many of us get stuck on the idea that ” I am who I am and there’s nothing that will change me.”  Romans 6:13 shows us that we have a choice! We get to decide, no matter what situation has been thrust upon us, how we move forward.  When I look at my past and all the things I have been through, the mistakes I’ve made and the horrible things that have been done to me, I can choose to sing a new song in my life.  To change the tune that I hear to one that is going to show the righteousness of God.

I love looking at it like this because music is amazing to me. I can be in a terrible mood and turn on some music and walk away different.  Sitting and listening to music is just therapeutic for me.  It may not be the same for you but I know so many people who feel the same way about music. I  haven’t looked it up so sorry for that, but I am pretty sure there are scientific studies about the benefit of music.  Now take that thought and reflect it into what this scripture is saying. My life is a song with every move I make.  Am I therapeutic for others or am I dark and moody and bringing them down? Is the music I make causing others to stumble, or pointing them to move closer to Christ?

BOOM! My mind was blown by this. Something that is so precious to me and all of a sudden I am becoming that very thing.

God is moving friends, and I know without a doubt that he has given us all listeners.  What are your listeners hearing in your music?

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Unfocused: 3 steps to changing your focus

If we sat down for coffee today it would probably be my third cup. I would have to apologize because my brain would be going a million miles a minute trying to talk to you while simultaneously making a bullet point list of the seemingly endless tasks to be done in the house. We would also have the children running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I would like to say that it’s just because it’s Saturday and have the energy, but I’m pretty sure it’s because I gave them waffles for breakfast. I was in the middle of doing something so I let my oldest put on the syrup. So it’s all the sugar that’s got them slapping each other and jumping on all my furniture.

A motherly rant and how to cope

Can I just take a moment and rant a little bit about how stressful it is to raise 2 little women. It is my job as their mom to show them what it is to be a strong, confident, fun, loving and Godly woman. To be an example to them every day of Jesus’ love. So stressful! Then you add in the craziness of the world around us, and the pressure put on us to be the picture of perfection. We have to be beautiful, funny, skinny, driven, and stay at home, but then work because of women’s Lib. The list can go on and on and on about all the things a woman should be. I know it’s the same for men I just can’t give you a first hand about how they deal with that. Sorry gentlemen.