Random Thursday

Tomorrow I leave for a week of vacation, so I can’t really focus on anything.  My mind is all over the place.  Here are some of the things I have been thinking about…

1. Cancun- That is where I am going to be from Aug 26-Sept 2 and I am so excited!  I am going with a couple of friends and here are some pictures of where we will be staying:

   

I know….don’t be jealous!

2. Wildfire- This is a show that I just finished streaming on Netflix.  I will be the first to admit that I get addicted to shows.  But this one was different.  It actually grabbed me emotionally and took me on a journey.  It’s a great story of redemption, relationships, family, and love. (It does have more mature subject matter sometimes, however, so I would give it a PG-13 rating) I absolutely loved it.  The writing is ok, the acting for the most part is not great (except, in my opinion, by the lead actress, Genevieve Cortese Padalecki, and co-star Ryan Sypek, both of whom I had never heard of).  So, if you have Netflix streaming and are looking for a good show to watch, I recommend this one.  And it’s about horse racing, which is actually pretty cool.  I had no idea.

3. Parachute’s New Album- It’s just really good.  I listen to it all the time.

4. The Help- If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you need to.

5. Introversion- I have known for a long time that I am an introvert, but have discovered that it’s actually really hard to explain to people.  Well, I have run across two things that explain it well.  The first one is a hilarious article called Caring for Your Introvert.  The other was a blog post by Owl City that had some introvert myths in it from a book.  I thought they were both great, explain it really well, and were so funny!

 

This Ain’t Safe, But It’s Gonna Be Good

Fear is the enemy of life.  I have been thinking a lot about fear, reading what the Bible has to say about it, and observing it in people’s lives, and that is my conclusion.

I’m not talking about not wanting to go skydiving, but the kind of fear that keeps you from making the right decisions because you don’t know the outcome.  The kind that keeps you home at night because you don’t know what might happen outside of your home.  The kind that keeps you from having a tough conversation that may save a relationship.  The kind that keeps you so busy trying not to die that you never actually live.

God says in Deuteronomy 30:19 “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you may live.”

What is God setting before you today?  Are you staying in a job that sucks the life out of you because you are afraid to pursue the dream that burns in your heart?  Are you not making the phone call to that person that you miss so much, because you are afraid they may hurt you again?  Are you missing out on an adventure of a lifetime because you are afraid you might get hurt?  The reality is that you might get hurt (physically, mentally, emotionally), but that is what shapes you.  Life isn’t found in what’s “safe,” it’s found in the things that make us stretch and grow. God calls us to choose life, and His reason is simple: so that we might live.

There is a song that I have had on repeat the last several days that I think is perfect for this subject.  (The lyrics and youtube version are listed below!)  The chorus says this:

I wanna see you what you’re made of
Get up and fight you know you should
Try… there’s nothing you should be afraid of
I’d take your place if I could
This ain’t safe but it’s gonna be good

It’s probably not going to feel safe.  It’s probably going to take a fight.  Don’t let fear steal your life.  Sometimes it’s not safe…but it’s probably gonna be good.

If you have a minute, listen to this awesome song from Matt Wertz!

It ain’t about why or about what you’re gonna do about it
Nothing’s gonna change on its own
Cuz something ain’t right
Maybe that’s life just trying to tell you something
But it won’t take too long
You would see it’s not long

I wanna see what you’re made of
Get up and fight you know you should
Try there’s nothing you should be afraid of
I’d take your place if I could
This ain’t safe but it’s gonna be good

I think about this
What if all your plans just feel right into place
Would you be better then?
Was it the brokenness that built you
The emptiness that filled you
Or the times you couldn’t get away
Let that trouble have its way

I wanna see what you’re made of
Get up and fight you know you should
Try there’s nothing you should be afraid of
I’d take your place if I could
This ain’t safe but it’s gonna be good

It’s gotta get worse before it gets good
I know it ain’t easy nor need it should
Don’t hide away of what you have to do
Come into the city, buildings are falling
Listen to the crowd, angels calling out to you
To bring you through, to bring you through
To bring you through

I wanna see what you’re made of
Get up and fight you know you should
Try there’s nothing you should be afraid of
I’d take your place if I could
This ain’t safe but it’s gonna be good

I wanna see what you’re made of
Get up and fight you know you should, oh should
Try there’s nothing you should be afraid of
I’d take your place if I could
This ain’t safe but it’s gonna be good
This ain’t safe but it’s gonna be good
This ain’t safe but it’s gonna be good
(I wanna see what you’re made of)
(I wanna see what you’re made of)