Wednesday, May 7, 2014

why we don't sing

It’s hard not miss it, but it's spring and it seems like the world around me sings. Wildflowers bloom, the songs of birds chorus overhead, the surge of snow melt courses through rivers. And me? I was made to join the song. The most beautiful of tunes is created when all the voices are signing and working together, bringing their own parts into one glorious noise. That is our life. That is the life we were meant to live. A life of song, a life of art, a life of glorious creation reflecting our creator to a waiting and watching world.

Lately, I’ve been feeling challenged to sing more. Not with my voice, but sing with my life. The world needs our songs. We’re all made to sing and God wants to use each of our unique voices. 

It’s easy to talk about singing, but it’s a whole different thing to open up and let that voice out. We don’t always want to make art with our lives.

We don’t sing because it’s risky. We don’t sing because the obligations of life get in our way. We don’t sing because we are afraid. 

It’s time to stop living afraid and start living gutsy. A life without risks isn’t really a life. It might be safe, but it will also be boring. We will be our most alive, our most effective, our most true versions of us when we begin to sing.

Critics might resist your voice. Sing anyway. Cynics might not understand your voice. Ignore them. They might tell you to be quiet. Put your fingers in your ears and just keep singing. You know it, but haters will hate. And we have a choice to sing in the face of adversity.

What would our lives look like if we really began to sing? We’ll create beautify in the midst of the messes of life. We’ll encourage others to open up and sing as well. We’ll find deep joy, God joy, in the middle of our song. And this is the most important thing of all, as we sing we’ll naturally point to the creator. This world needs us to be alive and be present, using our gifts and talents for God’s glory.

Need any more encouragement to begin singing? I highly recommend A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman. Her words have given me permission to make art with my life, and to see my life as a beautiful piece of art that is a gift back to my Creator. 

For we are God’s masterpiece, he created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)

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