Month: April 2014

Projected Reality

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This post is a little bit different from my other posts.

I was thinking a couple of days ago about this general concept. The world that each individual sees is kind of like a projected reality that each individual creates for themselves. I see what I want to see. I hear what I want to hear. I do what I want to do. I am who I want to be. The problem that I find with this is that who I want to be always falls short of who God wants me to be and who he has called me to be. The only way that I can fill the shoes I have been called to walk in is by depending on God and throwing away my comfortable projected reality that I create for myself everyday and allowing God to shape the way I see the world.

My sister helped me arrange this song.

One of the things that helps me when I pray is by writing my prayers out. So, after thinking about that concept I wrote this prayer out.

Oh God, I pray that I would allow you to shape the way I see the world around me. On my own I will never measure up. So, God, make me humble. That I would be completely dependent on you. Give me the strength to tear down my projected reality and see through your eyes. My Lord, My God, I trust in you to mold me into who you want me to be. Let me see how you see. Let me do what you would do. Allow me to hear how you hear. Allow me to see beauty in brokenness. Give me desire to serve the undeserving. Give me the ability to hear the good in what people say and to see hope for every person. Change my heart to love the unlovely and hard to love people. And God, most of all give me grace and forgiveness when I fail. God, if I am honest, I am afraid. I am afraid to initiate contact with people that I do not know. I am afraid of allowing people to see that I genuinely care about them because there is frailty openness. But most of all I am terrified to leave my current, comfortable, projected reality. What I surround myself with everyday brings me comfort because it is familiar. It is what I know. I don’t know anything else. I am afraid of leaving what I know the best and walking into something that is unknown – something unfamiliar. I claim to love what is different, but now more than ever I realize that I love what is familiar over what is different.

The world around me
A projected reality
Created by me

I see what I want to see
I hear what I want to hear
I do what I want to do
I am who I want to be

Oh great God
Give me wisdom
To know your heart
Take my world
Tear it down
Take my fears
Cast them out
Give me strength
To be like you
Oh God, change my heart

In Jesus name, Amen.

Light of the Cross

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The cross paints a gloomy and dark picture of suffering and death. But the cross is what we have hope in. For on the cross, the wrath of God was placed upon Jesus. On the cross Jesus became our sin for us. He paid the penalty of sin for us. On the cross Jesus, the son of God, the light of the world, the radiance of the glory of God, took the place of a sinner so that we would be redeemed. A debt that we could never pay was paid for us. So, the Light of the Cross is a paradox. It seems contradictory and absurd to associate light with an image of death, but it is in this image of death that we have hope. The cross was the instrument and Jesus was the sacrifice. The son of God died to give us life. Jesus is the light of the cross. I pray that Christ’s love will compel us to be different, to embrace the new creation that we are being made into, and to no longer live for ourselves but for for him who died and was raised again – Jesus.

Scripture Passages:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. (Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV)

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.(2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV)

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:4-9 NIV)

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:4-6 NIV)

Lyrics Below:

You set the captive free

You opened eyes to see

Blind eyes are open

In your name we were chosen

By his grace

By his love

God so great rich in mercy

We were made for his glory

Christ has made a way

For us to enter

The presence of our God

Now our hope stands beyond the grave

Forever we are changed

We glorify your name

The Light of the Cross is chasing

Re- creating, always making

Broken into beautiful

Light is breaking Darkness waning

You are making Broken into beautiful

P.S. I took the original picture a few months ago and edited it in the shift app and then used the phonto app to add text.