It’s been too long since I’ve written here. I could come up with many excuses, a few being…I’ve been busy, shared more thoughts on other platforms, or have been working more. However, while those are contributing factors, the reality is that I just haven’t made the time. In this season, that’s been totally okay.
With that being said, I have been writing more songs this year. It’s been awesome to see creativity grow and look back and realize that God has been doing something really awesome in my life. Even though I haven’t been blogging, I’ve been writing in other ways.
In the past week or so, I’ve been thinking about what it looks like to embrace the dreams that God has for me. What would it look like if I lived in the fullness of a vibrant relationship with Jesus?
Instead of coping or turning to the treasures of the world to satisfy or validate and bring happy feelings for a half second, what if I actually lived in the abundance of God?
What if I rejected fear and the resulting coping habits and traded it for love and the resulting freedom that comes with being completely, totally, and fully confident in Christ?
I think of Jesus when he said: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
It causes me to think: do I live in abundance with God? Or do I seek the things of the world to give me identity?
Do I actually, honestly live as though Jesus is enough?
If I was honest, my old self most certainly defaults to fame, money, image, sex, status, reputation, experiences, or abilities as the source of my identity.
There’s a never-ending list of ways that you can compare yourself to others and feel like you’re coming up short. I mean, take a scroll through Instagram.
However, with Jesus, you have a new self – a new identity. I no longer need to compare, because identity doesn’t come from what I have, what I look like, or what I’ve done, but singularly and only from Jesus.
He went to a Cross, died and rose again, to be able to give me the sure foundation and the unshakeable hope that He’s enough and by His word, I am enough.
I don’t need to prove myself to the world, Jesus proved that when he broke the weight of sin.
No longer do I need to search for identity.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
And it’s from here that I come back to the idea of coping or living in full life.
Isn’t the world coping? Do you even maybe see people in the church, coping? Settling for just getting by? Living in the safe zone?
Whether the coping looks like alcohol, social media, drugs, sex, cars, work, shopping, it’s all the same empty pursuit and it all comes from fear.
We need to rediscover the wonder of salvation. We need to wake up to the reality that Jesus fulfills every need, every time and we don’t need to live in fear.
His love is unconditional, it never leaves, never gives up, and is always for you.
So, I write these words not because I’m preaching to everyone else, but because God is waking me up to his love again.
Fear has to go…and all of it’s coping habits.
You and I were made to live fully alive, fully free, and fully found in love.
“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” (Psalm 42:7)
Whatever you’re coping with and wherever fear is coming from, there’s a mighty ocean of love that can overwhelm anything and leave you totally new, totally released, and totally confident!