what it was really all about a/k/a perception a/k/a less like scars

29 12 2008

2008 is winding down… lots of thoughts today.

what did 2008 bring to you? more importantly, how do you perceive what 2008 brought to you and how has your perception shaped your response?

“God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time.  but the right place often seems like the wrong place, and the right time often seems like the wrong time.”  –  mark batterson from in a pit with a lion on a snowy day (a book which i will be referring to a lot in the coming months)

sure, it’s cliche to say ‘perception is reality’, but it’s quite often true.  but the fact that your perception can often shape your reality can be dangerous, especially if your perception is skewed in any way.  if your perception is tainted, your reality will be twisted.

i love this song by sara groves called ‘less like scars’.  the essence of the song is that “time” is the great equalizer, and the perspective that it brings will often shine a light on what you thought “it” was, and reveal what “it” really was.

“less like tearing, more like building / less like captive, more like willing
less like breakdown, more like surrender / less like haunting, more like remember

and i feel You here, and You’re picking up the pieces, forever faithful
it seemed out of my hands, a bad situation, but You are able
and in Your hands the pain and hurt look less like scars
and more like character

less like a prison, more like my room / it’s less like a casket, more like a womb
less like dying, more like transcending / less like fear, less like an ending”

sara groves – “less like scars”

there is a lot of wisdom there, and that doesn’t happen overnight.  it takes time and a lot of spiritual maturity to get to the point where you can look back on the road that brought you to the place where you now stand and not only see it as purposeful, but truly believe that every moment was divinely deliberate, even though you couldn’t see it.  as ’08 comes to a close, can you look at what you thought afflicted you and see it as something that empowered you… can you see what looked like a scar and see it as character… intentionally and specifically designed to equip you for what you couldn’t see yet?

i believe 2009 is going to be an amazing and important year.  i strongly believe that if you look through the eyes of faith in ’09, you will see what ’08 was really about.

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29 12 2008
philologus

was actually just chatting with one of our mutual friends, Mr. J. Woods, about this yesterday. last night was my final night leading worship for our sunday night services. i really believe that the timing is perfect. next wednesday i begin a new vein of ministry (social justice) at our church. i ain’t gonna lie, when it comes to social justice, it’s been a long time coming.
anyway, i’ve had to explain my perspective on leaving the spotlight to work the underground countless times this past week. J. and I & we’re talking about how sad that is. peeps always seek out the negative. “it must be bitter sweet.” nah, it’s just sweet. “i bet you’re gonna miss singing.” nah, i sing all the time, with or without a mic. “well, what about the perks? the green rooms, the front row seating, the holiday parties?” are you freaking kidding me?!?
it really does come down to perspective. every place ordered by God comes with challenge and perks… it’s called character and grace. and truthfully, i wouldn’t desire it any other way.
thanks for provoking us to think, oh & I love the song Born… over the rhine, nice.

29 12 2008
Kensie Shirack

Good word, Grant! I’ve had rough years in my past that cause me to appreciate where I am today……….my perception at that time was so tainted and I tried to hold onto things thinking if I let them go…..I might never have them again! That was my perception….certainly not my reality! God is SO faithful! I can’t wait to see what 2009 has in store for you!!

31 12 2008
Miko

Man, this is definitely a word for the masses. I love it! Have a great New Year, Grant!

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