Army Agrees To Host Concert For Atheists At Fort Bragg

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Do you remember when you were a child and your immature younger brother, sister or cousin was always bothering you.  They just had to do everything you were doing.  They didn’t want to be left out of the limelight .  Anything that you may be getting from anyone they had to have too.  They followed you and pestered you relentlessly to do the same things you were doing and if you didn’t allow it they told mom on you and you were made to give them whatever they wanted….

….Hmmm something seem familiar? 

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So Long Self

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I was listening to this song  on the way to work singing along to the words when the meaning of them really hit me.  I mean here he is, the lead singer of Mercy Me, singing this happy tune about leaving his old self in the past.  As I was casually singing this happy tune the reality of  how hard that actually is, hit me square in the face.  This is something I know I struggle with on a daily basis,  leaving the old me behind.  And I know if you are honest with yourselves it is for you as well.   But in this song he was singing along happily?  Shouldn’t he be singing a sad tune about how hard it is to leave those fun but sinful parts of our past, in the past?  It’s hard breaking up with yourself.  You are the only one who knows outside of God what is going on in that mind of yours.  Of the inner struggle you have letting go of those more sinful parts or people.  I think we can all visualize something in our lives we are or have had trouble getting past.  I guess really sometimes it feels like more of a burden to give up those things, doesn’t it?   We always want to hold on to (just a little piece, God) what can it hurt?  Right?  Well, I guess that depends on how deep you want to take your relationship with Christ.  How far you want to let him into your heart and refine you like Gold.

My relationship with Christ is like any other only in that it has to be nurtured and maintained daily.  I can’t just accept Christ and then forget him.  Because that is what I’ll do…Forget him.  I have to stay diligent and read his word, daily.   Stay in constant communication, daily.   Come together with other like-minded believers in the miracle of the Eucharist, Christ’s Flesh and Blood.

If there is always something from your past your holding onto, like a fish on a hook, you’ll eventually be yanked back into your old ways.

So for today…So Long Self.

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Well if I come across a little bit distant
It’s just because I am
Things just seem to feel a little bit different
You understand
Believe it or not but life is not apparently
About me anyways
But I have met the One who really is worthy
So let me say

So long, self
Well, it’s been fun, but I have found somebody else
So long, self
There’s just no room for two
So you are gonna have to move
So long, self
Don’t take this wrong but you are wrong for me, farewell
Oh well, goodbye, don’t cry
So long, self

Stop right there because I know what you’re thinking
But no we can’t be friends
And even though I know your heart is breaking
This has to end
And come to think of it the blame for all of this
Simply falls on me
For wanting something more in life than all of this
Can’t you see

Don’t feel so bad (don’t feel so bad)
There’ll be better days (there’ll be better days)
Don’t go away mad (but by all means)
Just go away, go away

Mercy Me

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Lori