“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo
In Philippians 3:12-14, Paul talks about pressing toward the mark for the prize of the HIGH calling of God in Christ Jesus…
Psalm 121:1 “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help…”
“Lift up my eyes to the hills…” is a Hebrew phrase; the key words are nasa (lift) and ‘ayin (eyes). This phrase frequently indicates a looking/seeing with anticipation of/disposition toward, the object one is looking at.
Lifting one’s eyes involves a choice of one’s will; what or where you lift your eyes to look reflects your heart.
In Jesus, we have a very high calling & for many, our vision is too small, our aim is too low, for whatever reason we’re playing it safe.
Jesus said that according to our faith, so be it unto us. We have a big & mighty God, high & lifted up… Whose vision is so panoramic & plans for us so grandiose that we can hardly imagine…
By His grace, we are empowered w/ His power. He’s already done everything: He’s reconciled us to Himself, He’s defeated the enemy & ‘made a spectacle of him.
Our part is to have faith in His completed work on the Cross.
Our part is to believe that in Him & through Him, we will do greater works.
Our part is to lift up our eyes, lift our vision higher, set our aim higher & also press toward that high calling…
A couple of quotes from Laura Ingalls Wilder:
"Suffering passes, while love is eternal. That's a gift that you have received from God. Don't waste it." "It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."
The mind of Man complicates everything: life, love, God... while the mind of Christ simplifies those very things.
In the light of eternity, this life, w/ all it's joy & pain, is relatively short & it can only be truly lived in the power of Love Himself. Don't waste this gift of life you've been given or the gift of love that you can share w/ others.
Appreciate the small things, cherish the simple things & in all things, give thanks...
Now is not the time to be fearful; but to be faithful.
Now is not the time to sit back, but to rise up.
Now is not the time to shut up, but to speak up.
Now is not the time to hold back, but to hold on.
Now is not the time to scatter, but to gather.
Now is not the time to come apart, but to come together.
Now is not the time to get ready, but to be ready.
No one is insignificant. No one....
Everyone matters. Everyone... Everyone has something to give. Everyone has something to contribute.
Everyone is important in God's eyes.
Everyone has potential. Everyone...
Your gift, your voice, your music & your song has immeasurable value & impact.
Don't ever doubt the influence you have...
You are God's Beloved, as God has loved us, we should also love... in our words, in our actions & yes, also in our music. Music can touch in ways that words & actions cannot; it crosses every barrier & if our music is wrapped in the love of God, imagine the possibilities.
Between Faith, Hope & Love; Love is the greatest... it reaches all, it covers all & it conquers all.
"The question isn't who's going to let me, it's who's going to stop me" ~ Ayn Rand
If God is for you, who could be against you (Romans 8:31)?
All things were created by Him & are held together by Him (Colossians 1:16-17).
With Him, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
Now, do what the Lord has called you to do, get moving!
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song" ~ Lou Holtz.
There are some who think that their song is of the most utmost importance & they drown out all the other songs...
Some sing the songs of others & never their own...
Still others are made to believe that their song is not pretty, pleasing or worthy to be heard, so they remain silent...
God made the canary & the crow & He likes to hear them both. All Creation sings to the Lord; the flowers & fields... the rivers & oceans... the wind & the rain... everything that has breath praises the Lord & sings their song of love to Him...
Without Love, the songs of our heart are just noise in a noisy world...
Love sets our songs apart...
Love is the greatest song our lives can sing...
There is a longing of the heart & that longing determines where you cast your vision. There was a longing in the heart of Lot’s wife for the old ways, the old life… it determined the direction of her vision & it froze her in her tracks.
There was a longing in the heart of Simeon & Anna to see the Messiah in the flesh… in their lifetime… for Simeon, it concluded his life; for Anna, it continued hers.
If the longing of your heart is to see the King of Glory, your vision will not be cast behind you, for the old, traditional ways of doing… anything.
In Christ, you’re a new creature singing a new song… You have a new heart & new vision…
You’ve been made free, you are free… so run w/ the vision that the King of Glory has given you, because your vision also has a longing, it longs for you…
Hey Everyone ~
I just wanted to encourage all of you to update your status' & blogs here on RN regularly & also explore the idea of having a band page on Google+.
On G+, you can have a more active engagement w/ your fans & also do on-air hangouts, mini-web concerts, etc... it's really a great platform to use in conjunction w/ RN.
"Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear." ~ Ambrose Redman
"Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" ~ Joshua 1:9 Amplified Bible