Tuesday, January 8, 2013

jesus will be our song

So I haven't posted on here in a while, my apologies! I've been super busy, like always. But I do want to take time out of my morning (my last free morning in a while because classes start back tomorrow) to share with all of you who read this scatterbrained blog of mine what I have learned about life since the last time I posted!

Life is hard, ya know? There is A LOT of suffering in this world. Accompanying our own frustrations and heartaches, there are also shootings left and right, people fighting about what's right and wrong, how to handle situations, and just CONFLICT. People get sooooo weighed down about things of this world. And I mean, it's 100% natural, this I do know. But one thing I have really come to try to live out is that THIS WORLD IS NOT OUR HOME. Like how depressing would that be if this is all we've got? Pretty depressing.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 says:
"For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."

The heartaches and frustrations are light and momentary in the whole scheme of eternity. We get so beat up about things that really don't matter in the long run that we forget about what really matters, and that's Jesus!!

I don't think I've ever explained the meaning behind the name of my blog "Until Then..." I came up with the name while listening to worship music and I came across the song "Jesus Will Be Our Song" by Ronnie Freeman. Some of the lyrics are as follows:

Do you ever feel like a stranger here?
Do you ever hope your pain will disappear?
Do you day dream about what it might be like
for night to be no more and the Lord to be our light?
Don't lose heart, don't forget:
This world is not our home
There's a better place where we belong
And one day soon we know He'll come
But until then
Jesus will be our song
Like a haunting melody played on a violin
There's an aching in my soul for a place I've never been
I'm finding like a child
It's getting harder to wait
I look up to the sky and think what if it's today?
Signs and headlines help remind me:
This world is not our home
There's a better place where we belong
And one day soon we know He'll come
But until then
Jesus will be our song

I couldn't find a link on youtube for you to hear the song, and I couldn't find the CD on iTunes for some reason. But I know the CD is sold in Christian book stores and places like that. The CD is called "Ronnie Freeman If This is What it Means." All of Ronnie Freeman's songs are great and well written! My favorite part of the song is the chorus: This world is not our home, there's a better place where we belong, and one day soon we know He'll come. But until then, Jesus will be our song. 

This world IS NOT our home. We were made for so much more than this! We are put on this world to share the good news about the gospel and for "Jesus to be our song"! So my blog is called "Until Then..." because this world isn't our home and I'm just sharing on my blog what is happening in my life until Jesus comes back and takes those who love and believe in him to live with him forever!!! How exciting?!?! 

So as I'm over here struggling on whether to pursue interior design or music, I need to remember that this world is not my home and this is only a light and momentary affliction! Whatever I end up doing, it needs to be for the glory of God because that's all that matters. 

I've learned a way to serve God is to serve people!! I just got back from being in Atlanta at a thing called Passion! It's a largeeeeeee (60,000 people) gathering of college age students in the Georgia Dome that are all there to worship the Living God!! It was great. There were many great speakers such as Louie Giglio, Beth Moore, Francis Chan, Judah Smith, and John Piper. And awesome musicians like Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, Kari Jobe, Lacrae, Matt Redman, Brett Younker, and Christy Nockels. I probably left out a couple names, but it was a great 3 days of worship and learning about God. Here's a picture from one of the days:

One of the MANY things I learned from being there is that people where made to serve God and serve people. We focused on the End It Movement and we came to the awareness of the amount of people in the world today that are enslaved (27 million to be exact). Even spreading awareness for this cause to help end slavery helps a lot with the process!! So if you would, click on where it says "End It Movement" a couple sentences before this one and join the movement!! 

There is so much heartache in this world today and the End It Movement is there to help those being sold into slavery. Groups they are partnered with help take in those they have rescued and bring them to a knowledge of Christ!

This world is hurting. Those of us that know that this is not our home need to let Jesus be our song and help share to others the good news and bring them to a saving knowledge of Christ! That's what we were made to do.

Jesus is coming back!!!!!! What are you going to do until then??

In Christ Alone,