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Just be Yourself! Living a Life of Freedom.

“Now you are the body of Christ and each one of your is a part of it.”
1 Corinthians 12:27

Happy Sunday!  Beautiful day out here in GA!  We are getting ready for LL’s first day of 3-year old preschool tomorrow and really getting ready to be back on a schedule!  (Yes that does make a Type A person very excited!)  And I’m learning that kids are creatures of habit.  While flexibility is good, knowing what each day holds is also a nice thing.  We attended the early service at New Church of Peachtree City this AM as Pastor David continued his mini-sermon series titled “Living a Life of Freedom”.  Last week I missed most of the sermon on building a foundation for freedom (you can see why here).  Steven kindly took some notes for me.  The building blocks for freedom’s foundation that David presented are:

  1. Our Status (where we center our life)
  2. Our Security (physical v. through Jesus)
  3. Christ’s Strength (not our own)

So this week, David continued by discussing personal aspects, specifically who we are?  He mentioned that we tend to reflect the model of persons we admire, but that may not be what God created us to be.  Again, this hits home as I am trying to figure out who God created me to be.  I do feel that in my maturing age I am becoming so much more comfortable in my own skin, but like everyone, have a long way to go.  But so much of that is not only being comfortable in the body God gave me, but in the skills (or lack thereof), passions, roles, and places He also gave me or put me in.  God created us as we are to be who we are.  David gave 1 Corinthians 1:5 as a verse.  And in my new-found quest for deeper biblical understanding, I looked a few translations and found this one I love from “The Message”:

Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you—it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.
1 Corinthians 1:4-6 (The Message)

In Presbyterian fashion, David gave us 3 bullet points on how to live a life a freedom:

  1. Know Yourself
    Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
    1 Corinthians 12:12
  2. Be Yourself
    But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
    1 Corinthians 12:18
  3. Enjoy Yourself
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
    2 Corinthians 4:7

The full verse (as linked to above) relates God’s people/believers to a body.  Each person has a function, eyes, ears, hands, feet, heart…none is any less important that any other and they all need to work together to function.  A pretty cool image, can’t you just visualize it?  It got me thinking as to what part I am and how I can do the best I can do.  And then how I want everyone else to do they best they can, so we all can be a huge functioning body to worship, praise, spread the good word, and live the lives God intended us to.  Just think how amazing we all could be together! What part of God’s body are you?

The song that came to mind for this week is “If we are the body” by Casting Crowns.  Take a listen and look below.  Thanks for reading.  May your week ahead be blessed!  Amen!

If We are the Body
Casting Crowns

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What do I stand for?

I’m not sure I can really ever say I’ve been “in” on the latest music.  Usually I’m discovering new songs right about the time every commercial or TV show is picking them up.  It doesn’t really bother me, but I had to preface that as this post will discuss a song that has been out for almost a year now and is in a bazillion commercials.  Not only is it a catchy (great) song, the lyrics have really gotten me thinking.  What do I stand for?

In my typical Sunday fashion, at church this AM, the message seemed directly targeted at me.  Dr. David Miller, titled it “Foundations.”  In my attempt to want to discuss the song “Some Nights” by Fun.  I thought their verse “What do I stand for?” could really be asking – what is my foundation?  What are my core beliefs or attributes that I want everyone to know?  What defines me and my purpose in this world?  Hopefully not too far-fetched to follow – just a question Fun. has been asking me the last few weeks as I discovered this new song that is sure to be a hit!

I debated whether to google what the lyrics really meant, hoping to discover some deep theological connection.  I did, and I did not.  I didn’t look super hard, but as everyone has their theories, none were very deep or at least not how I have interpreted.  But that is why I love music.  Maybe it was just a simple song, maybe it was written to evoke emotions, maybe it was very specific to the writer.  Who knows, but it’s hit home with me and helped me answer the question of what do I stand for?  or rather what do I WANT to stand for?  What do I want others to say I stand for?

Tying back to today’s sermon, Foundations, Pastor David discussed how many occurrences in life are not “luck” as many people tend to attribute good things to, but because of God’s grace (a free pass from God).  Like avoiding that traffic ticket or being at the right place at the right time.  I firmly agree with the phrase “Everything happens for a reason” but feel it needs “because of God’s grace” attached to the end of it.  The verse below from Ephesians says it perfectly.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”  Ephesians 2:4-5

And because of this grace, along with mercy and love and all of the many gifts from God, we are called to walk in the light and share that light with others as Jesus did.  Especially in times of darkness, chaos, unknowns, and whatever trials you are facing.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:4-5

So what do I stand for? I stand for God/Jesus.  I stand to testify of the grace and mercy that has been shown me in my life and share it with others.  I stand for love, kindness, my family, my friends, my church, our planet.  I stand to be a light in a world that sometimes seems dark and tempting.

Happy Mother’s Day.  Happy Sunday.  Have a great week.  And what do you stand for?

“Some Nights”

Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck
Some nights I call it a draw
Some nights I wish that my lips could build a castle
Some nights I wish they’d just fall off
But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh, Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for oh
Whoa oh oh (What do I stand for?)
Whoa oh oh (What do I stand for?)
Most nights I don’t know anymore…
Oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, oh,
Oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, oh
This is it, boys, this is war – what are we waiting for?
Why don’t we break the rules already?
I was never one to believe the hype
Save that for the black and white
I try twice as hard and I’m half as liked,
But here they come again to jack my style
That’s alright (that’s alright)
I found a martyr in my bed tonight
She stops my bones from wondering just who I am, who I am, who I am
Oh, who am I? Mmm… Mmm…

Well, some nights I wish that this all would end
‘Cause I could use some friends for a change.
And some nights I’m scared you’ll forget me again
Some nights I always win, I always win…

But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh, Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for, oh
Whoa oh oh (What do I stand for?)
Whoa oh oh (What do I stand for?)
Most nights I don’t know… (oh, come on)

So this is it. I sold my soul for this?
Washed my hands of that for this?
I miss my mom and dad for this?

(Come on)

No. When I see stars, when I see, when I see stars, that’s all they are
When I hear songs, they sound like this one, so come on.
Oh, come on. Oh, come on. Oh, come on!

Well, that is it guys, that is all – five minutes in and I’m bored again
Ten years of this, I’m not sure if anybody understands
This one is not for the folks at home;
Sorry to leave, mom, I had to go
Who the f*** wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun?

My heart is breaking for my sister and the con that she call “love”
When I look into my nephew’s eyes…
Man, you wouldn’t believe the most amazing things that can come from…
Some terrible nights… ah…

Oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, oh,
Oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, oh

The other night you wouldn’t believe the dream I just had about you and me
I called you up but we’d both agree

It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance… Oh…
It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance… Oh…

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