By Josh Kerby
So often we fall into the repetition of our routines and going along with the flow. I think this can be poisonous. It diminishes what we do. I love to worship, but I find I fall into the repetition of worship from time to time. I zone out, sing the words, and my heart is nowhere to be found. My worship isn’t what it should be. How many times has this happened to you? How many times has your mind been present, but your heart was absent?
Following God can be scary at times,
But it is always worth it
During one of our weeklong trips, I started to talking to Steve, a fellow staff member. The group already had dinner and they gathered around the campfire with the other guides to worship. Steve and I were standing off in the distance listening to the group worship together. It was while they were singing the song “Oceans” that Steve had asked me a simple question. This question got me thinking if the same thing was true about myself. He asked if the kids knew what they were singing and if they actually meant it. You see, I think we want to mean what we sing or say, but our hearts aren’t quite there. When we actually sit down and think about these lyrics, we may find our hearts may be holding out on us. That question hit me hard and I starting praying that my heart would align with what I was singing. I started praying that my heart would be aligned with God’s heart. I started praying that these lyrics would be true in my life instead of just in song.
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Once I started praying that my heart would be aligned with God’s, I wanted those lyrics to be true. True not in my head, but in my heart. I remember a few nights that summer pleading with God to take me deeper than my feet would ever wonder. I continued to earnestly ask Him to take me where my faith would be made stronger. It was a hard prayer. I was second-guessing myself a lot. I wasn’t sure I was ready or even wanted this to be my life. I dug even deeper into my heart and soul and found God’s whisper. I realized, no matter where God takes me, if I keep my eyes on Him, He will keep my eyes above the waves. Since then, God has taken me on quite the rollercoaster. It’s not an easy road to follow, but it is worth more than all riches this world has to offer.
If we don’t first align our hearts with God’s,
everything we do will be second best.
How many times has your mind been present, but your heart was absent? Take a deep look into your life this week and find where your heart is. Is it aligned with God’s heart or with the world? Are you speaking from your head or your heart? This week, ask God to align your heart with His. Ask Him to take you where your feet would never wander. Ask Him to take you where your faith would be made stronger. It will most likely be difficult, but I promise it will be the best decision you have ever made. Once we take that leap of faith, once we give our lives to God, that’s when the true adventure begins.
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