Keep On Shinin’

So I’ve decided life is hard. Okay, I suppose this is no huge revelation to most people. But seriously. I’ve attempted to help a couple friends deal with some stuff this weekend, and I dealt with some personally too, and sometimes life sucks.

You know what’s amazing? God is good. God is great. God is God. I don’t always remember (or even immediately believe!) this when stuff’s all going wrong. And man it can be hard to convince others of this fact.

Look around. See all those blessings? No, I’m not just referring to the “stuff” in your room (but that too). An friend of mine who has a heart and mind for God bigger than I think I can even understand has been going through a lot of stuff lately. Just today she posted a note in which she described her feelings. But then she decided to list the blessings in her life: college, nature, friends, hugs, Starbucks, prayer, music, and the Bible, among others. We all need to do this more. When things aren’t going “right” (at least according to our limited-scope perspective on our lives), we don’t often remember the good things. God has blessed us with everything, starting with our very lives! And if the fact that we have breath isn’t enough, his ultimate depicion of his love on the cross oughta do it.

Guys, God’s love is amazing. Unbelievable. Phenomenal. Indescribable. When life’s got you down, stop. Pray. Remember God’s grace. Ask for help. Take comfort in his love. There, it’s my new acronym – PRAT.

I leave you tonight with lyrics from Third Day’s newest album (Wherever You Are). The song is titled Keep On Shinin’. If we have received God’s grace and love, then we need to share it with others! This song encourages a continued outpouring of his light. (More on continuous outpouring in another post.) Goodnight, and God bless.

Keep On Shinin’

It feels like forever since I can remember
It seems like it’s always been this way
Keep the good news to ourselves, like a secret we’ll never tell
I don’t know why we’ve been so ashamed

But changes are in the air, sparks are starting everywhere
And oh, what a sweet, sweet sound
With millions of voices, singing new choruses
Leading the way to higher ground

Keep on, keep on shinin’
Wherever you may be
Keep on, keep on shinin’
For all the world to see

Having faith in the long run is easier said than done
It’s hard to live out in the light of day
You’re bruised and you’re battered, your dreams have been shattered
Your best laid plans scattered over the place

Despite all your tendencies, God sees it differently
Your struggle’s a time to grow
And you, you’re a miracle, anything but typical
It’s time for the whole wide world to know

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