Who… or What… Defines You?

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My Eyes Are Wide Open
Have you ever had one of those days
When all you want to do is scream?
Well it’s one of those days for me
But all I can do is sing.

Cause I’ve lived my life with a broken heart;
Brokenness I couldn’t mend.
This path lay before my feet,
I couldn’t see the end.
But suddenly it’s crystal clear,
The air is pure and golden,
The Sun has shone through the clouds;
My eyes have been opened.

Have you ever had one of those days
When all you want to do is scream?
Well it’s one of those days for me
But all I can do is sing.

I see what I’ve been drawn from:
The waters deep and dark.
In my heart, no room for the Son
To warm my broken heart.
But suddenly it’s crystal clear,
The air is pure and golden,
The Sun has shone through the clouds,
My eyes have been opened.

Now at the end of all days
When peace and love are left behind
And all I want to do is scream aloud,
I will lift my eyes.

And sing a song of salvation
To the King above all Kings.
He is coming back to claim His own
I cannot help but fall to my knees.
Cause suddenly it’s crystal clear,
The air is pure and golden,
The Son has shone through the clouds
And my eyes are wide open.

Another bad grade. Another argument. Another wrong turn. Another red light. Another train. Another shooting. How often do you make the generic statement, “Another ________”? Once a day? Twice? Ten times a day? Whenever you say that statement, doesn’t it seem to always have a negative connotation, as though we can only have “another” bad thing and there is no possibility of “another” good thing happening. Apparently, good things happen only once and bad things repeat themselves again and again.

What is sad about this confession is that so many people are missing out on the amazing things that happen multiple times throughout each day… and I am one of those people. Even though I have trusted Christ with my life, breath, past, present, and future, yet I still close my eyes to the times when He has proven that my trust is well placed. Sometimes, I look at the negatives, as though the Son had never risen and there were no reason for me to take joy in each day God has blessed me with.

There are times when we (followers of Christ) have to face the negatives, but the point is that we don’t define our lives by the negatives or reinforce the negatives within our lives and the lives of those around us. It is true that the world can be harsh and terrible things happen, but the only reason for all of the terrible things that happen is that each one of us has fallen and no one is perfect, which is why we need to cling that much more tightly to the One Who is perfect… the One Who has the power to save us.

       “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16.

Since we know that our Savior is perfect and this world is not our home, we should focus on eternity, realizing that “another” bad thing does not compare to the awesome things we have to look forward to. And for your own sake, open your eyes to see the good things around you right here and now. God has given you “another” day to live, “another” chance to do the right thing, “another” obstacle passed, “another” friend, “another” example of His mercy and grace… etc. God is so good! I am sorry if you failed a test, messed up at work, or didn’t perform well in a competition, but how are you passing God’s test? How are you fulfilling Christ’s call on your life? How are you showing that you have already gained victory over your greatest opponent, Death? Move on from the trials, move on from the failures, because God is calling you to something greater than living in pain. Don’t look upon the negatives as though they define, or will define, your life, but let victory over the negatives define your life. God has given you “another” opportunity to proclaim His name, “another” opportunity to make the right choice, “another” opportunity to bring joy to those without any hope, and “another” opportunity to live as He lived, love as He loved, and be loved by Him… We have so much to be grateful for!

       “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. Whom having not seen, you love; in Whom, though now you see Him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9

         “According as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you will neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you will never fall: for so an entrance will be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:3-11

            We have all had “one of those days,” but I tell you that every day is a blessing from God, even with its setbacks and apparent failures. Through all that the world throws at you, never forget that Christ has gone through the same, and He went through it all without sin so that you might have redemption in Him; hope for a life that is no longer defined by Death.

         “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us. And let us run with patience the race that is set before us; looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

         “For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds. You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks unto you as unto children, ‘My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked of Him.’ For whom the Lord loves, He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not? But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are you [fatherless], and not sons. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure, but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

         “Wherefore, lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

         “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man will see the Lord; looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you and thereby many be defiled, lest there be any fornicator or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For you know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

         “For you are not come unto the mount that might [not] be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more. (For they could not endure that which was commanded, and if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, ‘I exceedingly fear and quake.’ Exodus 19:18-25). But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels; to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect; and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.

         “See that you refuse not Him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from Heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth. But now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also Heaven.’ And this word, ‘Yet once more,’ signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we, receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12

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Published by: Sarah Jo

Growing up is a taxing process (sometimes, literally), but I have chosen to grow in Christ and in His grace. He is so faithful to me and I have no room to complain, so I seek to show my gratitude through writing blog posts and songs, and speaking forth my gratitude in front of coworkers, friends, family, and total strangers. I am a little lost, but completely found; a child in the faith, and taking huge steps. I have so much to learn, but the point is that I will get there by the grace of my Abba.

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