Sunday, March 31, 2013

What is Your Story?


One of my favorite contemporary Christian musical artists is Matthew West.

The Story of Your Life was released on October 5, 2010. The first radio single was "My Own Little World", and the second radio single from the album was "Strong Enough".   Matthew recently did a concert in my church, and I picked up this CD.  

During the concert, he told us how he was getting ready  to start working on his next CD when he decided that he was tired of writing stories about "his" life and put a call out on Facebook for people to send him "their" stories.  He was bombarded with stories from people about their lives, the problems, the blessings, the agony and the ecstasy, so to speak.  The whole CD is comprised of songs he wrote based on letters he received from people about their lives.   He also wrote a book about the project.   Every song on the CD speaks to my heart, but the song "The Story of Your Life" is an especially heart touching, encouraging song.   You can listen to the song HERE.

 
"Story Of Your Life"
Matthew West

 
Is this the end?
Or only the beginning?
The second chance
You never thought you'd get

The question is
Will you do something with it
Or spend your days
Lost in your regret

This is the story of your life
You decide
How the rest is gonna read
This is your chance between the lines
To redefine what kind of legacy you leave
This is the story of your life
And it's a story worth telling

Breathe in deep
Feel your heart still breathing
Let's go see the reason you're alive
Oh, you are here
and love is up to something
So take your fear
and leave it all behind

This is the story of your life
You decide
How the rest is gonna read
This is your chance between the lines
To redefine what kind of legacy you leave
This is the story of your life
And it's a story worth telling

This is the joy
And it's the pain
And all the pages in between
Your finest hour
Your weakest moment
It's where you've been
It's where you are
It's where you're going

This is the story of your life
You decide
How the rest is gonna read
This is your chance between the lines
To redefine the kind of legacy you leave
This is the story of your life
Go tell the story of your life
Cause it's a story worth telling
It's worth telling

Is this the end?
Or only the beginning?
 
 
And so that is where this Resurrection Sunday finds us.  Are we at the beginning or at the end?  The marvelous gift offered to us by God Almighty through His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, Y'eshua HaMasiach, is a 100% new beginning, a fresh start, a new life.  The Lord tells us in Matthew 11:28-30:
 
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
 
This is the story of your life, and YOU get to decide how the rest is going to read.  Will you continue on in your own strength, messing up, blaming yourself, beating yourself up, putting your head down and butting up against the wall again and again and again.    ...or will you lay it all at the foot of the cross and let Him carry the burden for you?  Will you trust Him?  Will you let Him direct your life story the rest of the way? 
 
Romans 10: 9-17
 
    For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, "Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed. " 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They all have the same Lord, who generously gives his riches to all who ask for them. 13 For "Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." 14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" 16 But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, "Lord, who has believed our message?" 17 Yet faith comes from listening to this message of good news -- the Good News about Christ.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 







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