Life is lived forward and understood in reverse.
Life is lived forward and understood in reverse.
“Forget dry land, I’d rather stand in the ocean.”

There is a, in my opinion, lyrical revelation in the song I want to share with you today. 2014 for me has been a very turbulent yet very forward moving and purposeful year for me. Maybe you can relate?? As the year is coming to a close, I am finding myself reflecting on progress I have made toward inspired dreams and goals of mine and growth that has been coming forth out of every emotion possible and every experience had.

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What I needed to hear
Wasn’t coming in clear
And what I now know
Is only partial info
I speak over tempo
To put words into motion
You can’t stay stagnant
With the future that’s approaching
So wouldn’t you stand
It’s either break or be broken
Forget dry land
I’d rather stand in the ocean
And let the waves of devotion
Roll over me
Irony
I had to suffocate
Before I could breathe

Now I’m in a head space
I’ve never been before
Ever since my feet hit the shore
I tell ya boy
It feels good
So give me some more
I say
It feels good

Well it’s a bit passionate for your radio
But that’s alright though
It’s good for your soul
And it feels good to be out of control
I said
It feels good to be out of control
Well it’s a bit passionate for your radio
But that’s alright though
It’s good for your soul
And it feels good to be out of control
I said
It feels good to be out of control

Now wait that’s something
Adrenaline rushing
And I’m touching
The heart of God
And adjusting
Rather nice lead to the feeling
That’s inside of me
Alive in me
Continually guiding me
It’s surprising me
It’s beyond my reach
But it’s in my grasp
I walk steadfast
Along a narrow path
Avoiding stairs and traps
And all else that seems to keep me
From who I need to be
Right now I’m thinking clearly

And I’m in a head space
I’ve never been before
Ever since my feet hit the shore
I tell ya ha
It feels good
So give me some more
I say
It feels good

Well it’s a bit passionate for your radio
But that’s alright though
It’s good for your soul
And it feels good to be out of control
I said
It feels good to be out of control
Well it’s a bit passionate for your radio
But that’s alright though
It’s good for your soul
And it feels good to be out of control
I said
It feels good to be out of control

How many times in life do we opt for the familiar, the safe, the comfortable? Could I have wished away hardships that came? Sure. Did I try to? Yes. However, as the song reads, “forget dry land, I’d rather stand in the ocean, and let the waves of devotion, flow over me, irony I had to suffocate before I could breathe..” At the end of the day, I would rather risk than be held back by fear. Either way, we still have to face fear. What will you do? Look it in the eyes? Run? Hide? Try and ignore it? In time, we will all be forced to look our fears in the face and deal with them. We may as well not delay the process of overcoming it. In it’s own due season. You will know it and will recognize that moment if you are reading this.

I have always had a deep desire to live 100% sincerely (as I imagine most everyone does?) but I allowed a fear of the disapproval of others to shape me, who I was and who I portrayed myself to be. I now have decided that I will live sincerely, not to please anyone but my Maker. Because I choose to live not to please anyone, I can live openly and passionately. I can’t help but get really pumped and excited about just being .. me! How many times in the past have I wanted to conform, for others to like me, to accept me, to “feel like I am a part of the group” .. only to find that I did not fit in and I make a terrible copy of others. It just doesn’t work.

Be yourself; originals are more valuable than copies. God made each of us completely unique. You have something uniquely you that you bring to the world. Don’t be afraid to shine! The funny thing about being yourself and standing out is that others can’t ignore it. People will respond one of two ways – they will either get pissed off, or inspired.

Now, my intention is to inspire. However, I realize that not everyone will understand me, what I do, why I do it, etc .. The beauty that I see in that statement is that I am perfectly okay with that. Some people will come around me, embrace it, and celebrate with me, and others will shy away, walk away, or cuss me for it.

I have learned, through all my life experiences thus far, 3 things – that God is sovereign, He has a plan, and thirdly, if I am within that plan, I will be the happiest and most fulfilled individual I could possibly ever be, because that is what He created me to be!

I no longer look to what I do or choose not to do to define me. Things are finite and change .. and if I place my identity in them, my identity is shaky and unstable, liable to get swept out from under me and there you have a mid-life crisis, folks.

Nothing, no thing at all can be substituted for that. If you have everything in life or nothing in life, you are still, at the end of the day, who you are. Whether you have money or not, possessions or not, a significant other or not ..
Take the time to pay attention.
Take the time to pay attention.

The most beautiful and uplifting people are those who have discovered this and are operating in it and inspiring others to do the same. They may not have the perfect body, they may not have it all perfectly together in their lives, but I can guarantee that they are on a path of growth and are forward-moving and that their life will only continue to get better, even if it seems like they take 1 step forward and 2 steps back at times. If we keep our eyes on the destination and keep our feet moving and our hearts encouraged, we will, reach the mark, the finish line of the high calling on each of our lives. With joy!!

I have never felt such freedom before. I not only want to experience it, but SHARE it!! Let’s go!

PS – This is my birthday post. ♥

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