I was listening to a favorite singer, but I couldn’t help comparing this song with one of her older ones. It had more polish, but I still preferred the old one best. Why? It had more passion. As we follow Christ and travel the journey, we get bogged in the details. We check off the boxes and feel relief that we are accomplishing our goals, His goals, but we tend to lose something in the process. We’ve learned to pace ourselves, sure, but at the same time, we’ve lost some of that fire that launched us into the deep in the first place.
When we focus on making our song, our writing, our art, our lives look just perfect, and forget to truly pour ourselves and the gifts God has given us into the work, we lose that passionate heart that drew others to us in the first place. There’s a fine line between wanting to do our best for Christ, and wanting others to be pleased with our finished product. Colossians 3:23 states- “And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” I’m gonna sound like a broken record here, but more time spent with Him and recognizing His awesomeness will help keep our hearts full of the joy and love that will flare our passion into our works. Psalms 73:25 says, “there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.” Chapter 84, verse 2 – “my heart and flesh crieth out for the living God.” More of Him means more of that Living Water, pouring out of us, through us, but not of us…not draining us. John 7:38- “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
I’m reminded of those old-time English manors, where they would plant a “wilderness” in the estate, with logs placed here and there, and patches of wildflowers. They may have been beautiful, but they couldn’t have come close to God’s natural wildness.
Sing, write, love, live with abandon…give the world some pure, unharnessed Jesus.
Keep it raw. Keep it passionate. Keep it WILD.