I’m a rock ‘n roller from way back. Not a surprise to some of you. So, the adjustment from listening to all of my headbanger stuff all the time (I still listen a LOT) to some headbanger, some Christian has been tempered using Casting Crowns. They were an easy transition for me because they have an edge to them. I’m a huge fan of crunchy guitars. Ask Coop what that means and he’ll show you.
Many different songs come to mind when Casting Crowns are mentioned… but when Come To The Well was relased last year, I felt a distinct connection to a song called Jesus Friend of Sinners. Today, I kept hearing in my head one line that resonated with me. “The world is on their way to You…But they’re tripping over me”
This week, I felt as if I were the tripping stone on the path. For a couple of reasons – first, I forgot how to respond with compassion to people I care about. I have a new auto-signature on my personal email that says, “Listen with compassion, speak with grace”…two things I was guilty of ignoring this past week. If you were a recipient of any messages from me that did not live up to that “motto”…please accept my apology. As Proverbs 31:26 says: She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
I think I’m being led to delve into Proverbs – sometimes it takes a while for me to hear what the true message is.
Anyway…I felt as if I was the reason people were tripping. Wasn’t a good feeling. If you don’t know the Casting Crowns song, please take a listen. If you’d like to have a copy of the lyrics, I have them or you can probably find another video on YouTube with the lyrics. I prefer watching the band, but that’s just me.
Now, another feeling I had this week was one of shouting from the rooftops that God’s Grace is sufficient and that he sent His Son to die for us, when we did not and still do NOT deserve any such mercy…He continues to show it.
Unlike Jesus Friend of Sinners, I’m gonna copy the lyrics of Until the Whole World Hears into this blog because … well, because it’s my blog. 🙂
Lord I want to feel Your heart
And see the world through Your eyes
I want to be Your hands and feet
I want to live a life that leads
Ready yourselves ready yourselves
Let us shine the light of Jesus
In the darkest night
Woah ready yourselves ready yourselves
May the powers of darkness tremble
As our praises rise
Until the whole world hears
Lord we are calling out
Lifting up Your name
For all to hear the sound
Like voices in the wilderness we’re crying out
As the day draws near
We’ll sing until the whole world hears
Lord let Your sleeping giant rise
Catch the demons by surprise
Holy nation sanctified
Let this be our battle cry
That’s what I feel like doing this week – and maybe that’s what you’ll see me doing…AS THE DAY DRAWS NEAR, WE’LL SING UNTIL THE WHOLE WORLD HEARS.
Dear friends and blogfollowers – my prayer this week is that we are so washed in peace and good fortune…and by fortune I’m not specifically speaking of money…whatever your definition is. May we know the soft touch of a kind word. May we PROVIDE the soft touch of a kind word.
Instead of being the one people are tripping over on their way to God – be that light and kindness only He can give. Shine His light for the whole world to see.