Lyrics and thoughts and things

Baptize My Mind by Jon Foreman

Reaching, always reaching
Never reaching solid ground

Seeking always seeking
Never seeking what I’ve found

Baptize my mind
Baptize my eyes
Baptize my mind
For a seed to give birth to life
First it must die

Both my hands are filled
With guilt
(Give me absolution)
Both my eyes are blind
With filth
(Give me absolution)

Isn’t that lovely? Kudos to James for showing me that album 🙂 Also love Your Love is Strong.

I haven’t written for awhile. I’ve been so busy. I am utterly tired of being busy. Allergy season has started, so on top of that I’m physically tired too. One thing I’ve learned this semester is that I can’t sprint at this pace- I’m going to slow it down in the fall I think. I’m also considering summer classes as an option for next summer.

I love this song because I feel like I understand it better. Growing in your faith requires dying to yourself. I’ve had numerous people ask me lately, if you are closer to God, why does it get harder? Why does he give you more to handle?

There’s not an easy answer, but I have a few ideas anyway. 1)Maturity- in order to grow, we need to have more difficulties to develop our faith. This is a very biblical concept. Think James 1:2-4, or Romans 12:2. or even 1 Corinthians 3 that talks about being spiritual children. 2) Suffering produces joy. It’s a concept that’s not familiar to the world, because we’re growing more and more used to being able to live easily and not experience the reward of hard work.

2 Corinthians 4
” 7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”

It is just like a seed- we must die in order to grow into something quite beautiful. It’s a daily process and a daily conscious decision to make. I will admit that I often struggle with giving up my ideas about anything or taking life as God wants me to take it.

If we are just passing out our wisdom, how is Christ shown in that? 1 Corinthians 3
“8Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[a]; 20and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”[b] 21So then, no more boasting about men!”

Wisdom is definitely a key component in growth- both that it is gained through trial and that we should seek it at all costs throughout our lives.

But back to my main idea- here’s the short of it: God offers us life, but we must give ours to gain the life that was given to us. Not our life. Not a life that is all His except for ___________. It’s an all or nothing deal. God will love you regardless of what you do, but why settle for a life that’s not everything He has desired it to be?

Go ahead, chase after whatever you think will make you happy. But when you have those things will you ever wonder if there’s something better? There is. The question is, do you think it’s worth it?

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