Wishful Thinking

I’ve been meaning to update my blogsite here, maybe even simplify things a bit. One thing I’ve been meaning to readdress is what I “believe”–about God, Christ, faith, belief, etc. Maybe a better word would be what I “understand”. This issue has really hit home for me lately, especially during the writing of my latest “Drifter Series” book. But more on that in a later post.

It’s an oversimplification, (because, really, how can you sum up something as complicated as belief in a blog post, in mere words at all) but this MercyMe song has really been resonating with me lately. If you don’t click on the video (which is a really cool acoustic version filmed on their tour bus)just take a moment and read through the lyrics, it pretty much nails my thoughts on the subject.

There’s also a really cool interview with Bart Millard in Guidepost over how he almost quit the band after Hurt and The Healer, and what shifted in his own beliefs that caused him to fall back in love with the process. That shift lead to the entire theme behind their latest, Welcome to the New.

Enjoy!

Lord is it possible to get this far
And just now understand who You are?
Feeling foolish yet relieved as well
‘Cause what I bought before, I just can’t sell

But now my eyes are open wide
If this is wrong
I don’t wanna be right

Could it be that on my worst day
How you love me still will not change
What if it’s really not about
What I do, but what you did
Oh what if,

This ain’t wishful thinking it’s just how it is
This ain’t wishful thinking it’s just how it is

Well, I guess I’m better late than not at all
Or did you plan it this way all along
‘Cause without suffering grace is hard to see
So maybe I’m right where I’m supposed to be

And now, I’m seeing life so differently
And all I can say is finally

Could it be that on my worst day
How you love me still will not change
What if it’s really not about
What I do but what you did,
Oh what if,

This ain’t wishful thinking it’s just how it is
This ain’t wishful thinking it’s just how it is
It’s how it is

But now my eyes are open wide
If this is wrong Lord do not make me, don’t you make me right

Now I know that on my worst day
The way you love me it ain’t never gonna change
It’s never really been about what I do, but what you did
Yes it is

This ain’t wishful thinking it’s just how it is
This ain’t wishful thinking it’s just how it is

This ain’t wishful thinking it’s just how it is
This ain’t wishful thinking it’s just how it is

 

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3 thoughts on “Wishful Thinking”

  1. This post reminds me of Paul’s great question: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” His answer is probably one of the most beautiful passages of scripture in Romans 8:35-39. Our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, love us EVEN in our sins and weaknesses—or perhaps, ESPECIALLY in our sins because we need their love more than ever at those times.

    It is good to remember that Christ came, not only to save us from our sins, but to be an example and to mark the path—to show us HOW to live. Jesus said, “Come, follow me.” He gave us commandments because they are true principles that bring joy. Once we embrace Christ and his doctrines, we also embrace a commitment to strive to follow Him and His teachings. If we are not making at least small efforts to do that, his love alone will not bring us the joy he intends for us. Our progress may be one tiny step at a time, and sometimes steps backwards, but it is essential to keep trying. We can shout “hallelujah!” and “Praise the Lord” until we are hoarse, but unless we are TRYING to live the teachings of Christ, we will not have true joy.

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