Now, I don’t know if you know me or not, (I’m not even sure who reads these), but if you do then you more than likely know that I am a fairly positive person. Okay, an extremely positive person. I hate being down in the dumps and picking apart every single thing, in fact I generally sometimes avoid people like that without even meaning to. I say all of this to say that my music taste is usually like this.
Heck, even my favorite band is American Authors and their most well known song is Best Day of My Life. Indie music is just up my alley and it always tends to be positive, even some of the more mellow or slower songs have a hopeful message. Now, I am not saying that ALL of Indie music is like this, but generally it can be and it is my absolute favorite.
I went to a concert in Dallas this past weekend to see Bad Suns, (I know how could a band like BAD Suns be positive, yeah there is irony in that). It was the BEST concert I have ever been to. I swear I was bouncing off the walls the whole time and just going nuts because there was just this hopeful, positive vibe going on and it was contagious.
It was a night I have needed for a long time.
I’m on my wayOne Magic Moment, Bad Suns
One magic moment, don’t be late
I’m on my way
Salvation, my revelation
Arrives on vanity plates
I’m on my way
I kinda fell in love with this song. This was their last song to sing in the concert and it was one of my favorites. It actually got me thinking in the days following the concert that I need to focus my attention on hope and focus my attention on the promise of God.
Now, I don’t mean to be super cliche and say that “God shows me everything in the stuff around me, just look for it..” No. I’m not trying to reach here. If I wanted to reach I would have done some dumb comparison of the road and how we just need to go onward on that and… oh wait. I do that.
Anyway. I opened my Bible and started reading Ephesians, mainly because it is my favorite book, but then I sharp memory came to my head of my brother saying I need to dive back into 1st Peter. I started to fight it but then thanks to my fine improv skills I said “Yes, and..”
According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.1 Peter 1:3-5, ESV
That is some pretty powerful stuff, so I kept going..
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a coverup for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.1 Peter 2:16-17, ESV
This is when the rock weighed down in my stomach and twisted and turned and then released. “I’m not living in freedom the right way.”
What if I could live in the same feeling I had at that concert but all the time and better?
I got a wake up call reading these chapters, to choose to recognize that I have no inheritance here on earth but in heaven. To choose to recognize that I have been born again as a living HOPE, to live freely and not use that to excuse evil. To excuse sin. To live as a servant.
i’m on my way.
Prayers: Bright Star opens at ACU Theatre this week! My request for ASL as a foreign language at ACU has not been processed yet. Funding for my Josiah Venture internship.
EXTRA: Check out what I’ve been up to! Want to see more deats about the concert??