Since today is “National Journal Day,” I thought I would take the opportunity to post a blog. There are currently two songs that apply to my life that are encouraging me to grow in my faith. They are: “Broken” by Lifehouse and “I Run To You” by Lady Antebellum.

“The broken clock is a comfort, it helps me sleep tonight; Maybe it can stop tomorrow from stealing all my time”—It is so easy to get caught up making decisions on what needs to be done days, weeks, and even months ahead of time. When we concentrate solely on the future, we lose valuable precious time of the present. Sure, it is logical to plan ahead for meetings and vacations, but we can not get all stressed over things that have yet to come. All we need to do is focus on today and this very moment, and everything will fall in to place.
“And I am here still waiting though I still have my doubts; I am damaged at best, like you’ve already figured out; I’m falling apart, I’m barely breathing; With a broken heart that’s still beating; In the pain there is healing”—There are times where we have no other choice but to wait, and even during the waiting process, we have doubts about what is to come. Yes, even though our hearts do get broken, they are still able to beat which means that we are able to continue living. There is healing in the pain because we become stronger emotionally and spiritually in the process.
“In your name I find meaning; The broken locks were a warning you got inside my head; I tried my best to be guarded; I’m an open book instead”—We can only find meaning in God’s name. We are His and His alone. We have been created to love Him first, and others as ourselves. When we grasp this concept, we find meaning. We can only be cautious for a short time, in the end, we become an open book. We should always be honest to ourselves as well as with others. I noticed a popular “like” quote floating around facebook that mentioned, “If someone seriously wants to be part of your life: They will seriously make an effort to be in it.” This applies both ways. We can not just sit back and wait for people to be part of our lives. We need to get out there and be a part of other’s lives. God has created us to be relationship-oriented in the community and not living alone. George Bernard Shaw once said, “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” We are a free people, and more importantly, we are free in Christ. We cannot just sit around and do nothing, as Dwight D. Eisenhower put it, “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”
“And I still see your reflection inside of my eyes; That are looking for purpose, they’re still looking for life; So I’m holdin’ on, (I’m still holdin’); I’m barely holdin’ on to you; I’m hanging on another day; Just to see what you will throw my way; And I’m hanging on to the words you say; You said that I would, would be ok; The broken lights on the freeway left me here alone; I may have lost my way now, haven’t forgotten my way home.” —These final verses are my favorite out of the entire song! We can see the reflection of Jesus in our eyes. He has a purpose for us and wants us to live out that purpose by living as He would everyday of our lives. No matter what comes our way, the only thing we need to do is to HOLD ON! Live our lives one day at a time continually studying and applying His Word and keep the faith that in the end, everything will be ok :) There are times where we may have lost our way and find ourselves in the dark, but there is always a way home, and we can start going there by going on our knees and praying for guidance.

“I run from hate; I run from prejudice; I run from pessimists; But I run too late; I run my life; Or is it running me; Run from my past; I run too fast; Or too slow it seems; When lies become the truth; That’s when I run to You; This world keeps spinning faster; Into a new disaster so I run to You; And when it all starts coming undone; You’re the only one I run to; We run on fumes; Your life and mine; Like the sands of time; Slippin’ right on through; And our love’s the only truth; That’s why I run to You; I always run to You.”—We do our best to run from all that is bad (e.g. hate, prejudice, pessimism, etc…) and we are requested to pay attention to all that is good (e.g., true, lovely, pure, admirable, etc…). There are times where we do not always run from the bad, we may get deceived and hang around for awhile before we discover what we are really doing. We think we have full control of our lives, but it is then, when we realize that our lives are running us. We can run from our past, but there is no hiding from it. Whether we are running fast or slow, once lies become the truth, we need to run to God and pay attention to His Words. Our comfort is found at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ. When our world continues to spin so fast we get dizzy, when we face one disaster after another, when everything starts to become undone, we run to Christ. It may seem like we are running on fumes just allowing our time to slip by us, the love that God has for us will carry us through and make us stronger. If things are out of control, we need to run to Him and allow Him to guide us on the right path. Where do you run to when facing hardship? Who do you run to in times of trouble? A few weeks ago, I ran away on a cross-country road trip. I drove through the Rockies, did some white-water rafting and zipping in Colorado. Afterwards, I drove through the Black Hills and the Badlands of South Dakota. One would think that such a journey would bring happiness because it is an escape from everyday living. Unfortunately, it just brought on more sadness overall because I took this expedition on my own for my own selfish purposes of relying on the things of this world to bring me happiness. Sure, I had fun rafting and zipping, because both activities were done with a random group of people. Outside of those activities, I was lonely and ended up arriving home three days earlier than originally planned. I do not *need* anyone on this earth to fulfill my joy. God is all that I need and He provides the essentials of life to go day by day. I need God’s continuing guidance. I need Him to take my hand to guide me on the path that He has laid out for me. I need to reconnect with fellow believers so that I may actively be a part of His Church. What can I do, What can I say, but to give my heart to You O God. I give You all of my mind, heart, and life. Make it Yours God. I want to follow You in the story that You created for me. I am not here to live for myself, I am here to live for You and serve You with all that I have. In Jesus name, Amen.