Saturday, July 7, 2012

I Can Write Songs Too!



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I just felt inspired this morning to blog a mad skill that I have been hiding for too long. As some of you know, my husband has a knack for writing music. (He will deny this as any great skill but - as his #1 cheerleader- I disagree.) :) Well, prepare to be amazed. I would like to share some lyrics with you to an original ditty I have written:


If you're unhappy and you know it, check your god. 
(clap clap)
If you're unhappy and you know it, check your god. 
(clap clap)
If you're unhappy and you know it, 
and you think nobody knows it.
If you're unhappy and you know it, check your god. 
(clap clap)

Hold the applause...
Every good songwriter leaks their inspiration for their songs. So here is mine.

Even if you have never stepped into a church or did once or twice I bet you have heard about God giving people in the Bible "commandments". What are commandments? It is a rule or principle, well a divine ruling to be exact. God spoke 10 specific commandments (or principles) to Moses in the Bible to have the people live by (Exodus 20:1-17). Why you might ask? Well, we learn in the Old and New Testament that our God's number 1 goal is to have a relationship with us. Like any earthly relationship would have principles/standards/expectations in order to first exist and then grow, God gives 10 keys to having and building a great relationship with Him. A popular belief is that any commandment/rule is merely to "oppress" but as any good parent knows... rules and principles exist to help us achieve goals and grow as human beings. Rules help to keep us safe and teach us how to have healthy relationships with others.

Just like some rules hold more weight than others in life -like the rule: "Don't shoplift" is more important than don't drink coffee after 5pm- God clarifies that some commandments hold more weight than others. 

Exodus 20 continues with God's warning to not spend time/energy/money in worship to other gods. We also see this "warning" repeated multiple times in the Old and New Testament. Like any good parent knows, if we repeat something to our children is it pretty important? 

Only if you see your child running towards the street would a parent yell "Don't run into the street!" as many times as it took until the child heard and stopped. A child who runs into the street is not focused on what traffic is headed to them in the street. They are focused on a much smaller object- of greater importance and value to them- like a shiny colorful ball.What if all of God's repetition is because He sees us running into the "street" focused on a simple ball?

God knows that if we ever take our focus off of him having first priority in our life than everything else goes out of balance. How many times do we take God out of first place and then get mad at Him for not making us "happy"? If you stop going to work and start going to the gym instead can you get mad at your boss for not sending you a check? Silly comparison... but it was the first thing I thought of. :)

God wants more for us than just happiness. Happiness is a reaction- like any other emotion. And, like any other emotion it is temporary and often a result of circumstances. God wants more than that for us AND from us. When we put God first, then and ONLY then can we achieve satisfaction beyond mere happiness. What would be a good name for something that lasts longer than "happiness" and was more than just an emotional response? hmm..... oh, how about  joy?!?! Or you can just call it "Super Happiness". lol

God knows us better than we know ourselves. Don't believe me? Check out what happens in Exodus 32 (just 12 chapters after the 10 commandments).

When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”

Do you ever get tired of "waiting on God"? Or, when He no longer makes you happy or feels distant, do you find yourself running to other "gods"? Do you ever find yourself living like these Israelites in the Old Testament? When God blesses we praise him and when it seems more convenient for us, we often move on to other gods.

God tells the people in Exodus 22 that no other gods can stand "alongside" him. We cannot serve two gods. It is either the eternal Living God or other temporary gods we create for ourselves. God does not need our faith. He invites us to be a part of something that goes beyond feelings and circumstances. But it takes faith in Him to get us there. God's grace paved the way (through Christ) but it is our choice as to which god we pursue.

Another note, anytime God is not our #1 pursuit it ALWAYS affects the joy we find in our other relationships in life. Is your marriage not working? Are you struggling to find success with work? Do you feel hopeless as a parent? Are finances more than you can handle? Are you single and feeling like sex is smarter than abstinence? Are you lonely?

If you are unhappy and you know it, check your god.

If you are hungry to study more on this:
- Read the whole book of Exodus! I would recommend finding a commentary your trust and read it along with your study. The same God of the Old Testament is ours today.


- Read about the pagan gods on the Old Testament. Did you know that we still worship them today? The golden images of them may not still be around but what did each of the pagan idols represent? Do you see where our culture, other cultures, and/or you still worship them today.

3 comments:

  1. You are incredibly smart, gifted with words, and speaking bold truth, not to mention beautiful outside and in, and I'm so grateful I can still hear your God-given voice and heart from so far away. Thanks for writing. Love- Steffani T.

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  2. So very true. Discontentment creeps in when thoughts focus on what's not there instead of what is. God was, is, and will always be. You can think getting more stuff or believe if people treat you a certain way will make you happy. Stuff breaks and people fail but God never does. He gave us rules, not to confine us but to keep us safe. Every time my focus shifted from Him I became depressed by things I could not control. There is a continued calm each time I thank him for what he did and does for me and focus on how he wants to grow me no matter what the circumstances around me may be.

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  3. Thanks for your encouragement Steph. You truly are a lifelong friend. Thank God for the web so we can keep in touch w/ each other's lives. Love you friend!

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