The power of a good song can get us thru tough times or rough seasons in life. And it’s even more powerful when somebody recommends it to us at the times it’s most needed. Music can provide a lot of encouragement, so feel free to suggest a good song if there is a particular one that helped to redefine or shape your life. I started this idea in a previous post, so from time to time, I’ll share some of the songs that I encounter in the hopes that it strengthens you with whatever you’re going thru too. Lyrics are also posted below.
When I’m working at the office or traveling to the office I usually opt for a good podcast, like many of you do. Sometimes music just doesn’t cut it when you’re going thru a difficult season of life. Especially if those melodies stir painful memories in the subject matter. Yet the information contained in a good sermon or life skills podcast can offer up perspective that we may just as easily have overlooked in the past.
Such is the case with one particular podcast I came across called the Jocko Podcast. I don’t know that much about it since I just started with one episode. But in short, it’s a podcast hosted by a retired Navy SEAL, Jocko Willink and director, Echo Charles that discuss discipline and leadership in business, war, relationships and everyday life. Yet from the particular podcast I had selected (Ep. #56), Jocko mentioned how the root of the show always seems to drift into the exploration of human nature at some point.
I had hoped to learn how to better manage stress and sleep deprivation, since that was what was in the episode’s description, yet it ended up being so much more than just that.
If a certain concept keeps showing up in your life over a short duration of time, take note my friends, it could be something that is in your benefit to take careful note of. One of those things that’s been showing up for me has been the notion of leading thru action, and not just words.
Being patient and waiting on God’s timing. If you’re like me, this is something I fail in pretty much every day.
So why does God continually subject us to this aspect that He just knows we’re always going to come up short in? What is, or what could be the point to all this torment? Okay, I get it—letting go and letting Him work it all out, right?
Well, maybe there’s more to it than just that.
A cool concept I realized lately occurred in such a sudden moment, that had I not been actively paying attention to, would’ve missed completely. In fact, had I not taken the chance I would’ve never learned from it either.
Here’s what happened…
As Rae, (the author of this post) puts it best: “Because of all those chanting, ‘Pro-Choice,’ or, ‘Pro-Life,’ only a handful have ever been in the theoretical situations they’re so passionately arguing against.”
Here is a great example of being put first-hand into the situation of having to choose. And the redemptive power of the Holy Spirit to take control and transform lives, in more ways than one.
Thank you for having the courage to share your experiences Rae.
This post has been a long time coming. With the recent Women’s March on Washington and the topic of abortion. I guess now is as good a time as any to share.
I used to be Pro-Choice.
And really, I wasn’t Pro-Choice, I was Pro-Whatever the Hell I Want To Do.
Living like Cartman, “What-eva, I do what I want.”
Then in my final year of college, I got knocked up. I didn’t think twice about scheduling an abortion. It was my body, my life, my choice, my blah, blah, blah…
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The sales clerk that gives you unjustified attitude as you make a purchase from their store. The manager who doesn’t respect your presence in the workplace. The neighbor that doesn’t discipline their kids for leaving trash strewn about your property.
How difficult is it to love people like this despite their apparent flaws? INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT. Continue reading