I can’t believe it’s the end of July.
I remember a good proportion of my February was spent thinking “I’ve only been back on Australian soil for less than a month, and already I feel overwhelmed with responsibility / events.”
Looking back now, there is no way I could have predicted how things would go, and how tired I could possibly get physically.
Yet another 6/8 song worship song that I really like from Hillsong.
As a worship song, the lyrics actually convey a lot more than generic phrases. Here are some really short micro-reflections on theological issues.
“the price of freedom” – we were bought at a price. 1 Corinthians 6:20
“lifted on high” – Jesus didn’t just die, but he rose again and now sits at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1
“hope of the world” – people put their hope in a lot of things. Sometimes we do this consciously, and other times we only realise in retrospect and periods of reflection. things fail. Jesus is hope of the world – so when we provide hope to others, it has to be Jesus. There is no “things are gonna work out somehow” Isaiah 40:31
“all we need is You” – it’s easy to become accustomed to what we have, and the comforts of living in the first world. But really, it’s good to reflect on our definitions of “need” and “want”, because sometimes the line gets blurred. I know I definitely don’t “need” that new gadget or that new item of clothing, although I might want it. We do a lot of things unproductively. Luke 22:35
Also, this is the 300th blog post! Crazy.
After listening to this song about 50 times in the last few days in preparation for a friend’s wedding music rehearsal, I have decided that it is amazing.
If being productive is being with you, then baby I don’t want to waste another day.
I like this song. It’s much more “narrative” than I’m used to with John Mayer, but he does well with whatever concept he decides on with each album.
“Room for Squares” was very acoustic pop
“Heavier Things” was a bit more relaxed and had a lot more electric guitars and horns
“Continuum” was very bluesy and had a piano-driven song
“Battle studies” was less guitar riff driven and more about songwriting
and this latest one “Born and Raised” is very Country music sounding.
A lot of the time we hear about the promise, and we see the payoff, but we never talk about the process. We all want to see the snapshots of victory and the initial “dream”, but we never really want to see what it takes to get there.
This is more from Steven Furtick and it’s just really been a blessing and a challenge to be listening to his sermons on podcast on my drives to and from the Hospital. I used to just listen to music on the way in, and do a quick devotional whenever I could flick my phone over to the Doctor’s Life Support blog, but having these full sermons playing while I’m driving and normally being unproductive has been one small change that has made a positive impact in my life.
Some days I don’t wanna hear it, and a lot of the times the messages are challenging. But it’s part of the process. It’s that 1%.