I was just sharing with a friend recently that I have realized that my focus has been very narrow as I have been working on growing as a Christian. I have spent my energy on trusting God and giving Him control of my life. I thought a strong Christian was someone who could rest in God's peace through hard times, even when they could see they were not going to get their way. I thought if I can have that kind of faith, then I'll be a strong Christian. That kind of faith is important. It's hard to give up my own will. To die to self. I will never stop growing in this area, because I will never have it down perfectly.
Trusting God with my life is vital. But, if that is all I work on as a Christian then I am only working on me.
God talks a whole lot about others.
I can't see others when I am only concerned about me.
God has shown me the world with new eyes. A part of me wants to go back. I think of the expression - Ignorance is Bliss. But, that's not where God wants me. He doesn't want me living in my bubble, pretending I can write a check here and there and play like there is not suffering in the world.
There's no going back, now.
I have been a fan of Sara Groves' music for a long time. I always thought she could express through music exactly how I felt in many of her songs. Well, now she's taken it a step further.
Sara Groves expresses her need to learn more about those suffering in our world beautifully here. An excerpt from saragroves.com:
“I believe God invites us to add to the beauty of his plan, letting us participate in his redemptive work. But I found myself asking, ‘How have I applied this idea?' I had groomed and groomed and groomed my personal faith, but to what end?”
I think she took the words right out of my mouth.
I love that I can't go back. I love that my heart is broken. I love that God wants to include me in His plan.
And, I love this song: