My sin is not greater
My gifts are not lesser
Than all those who
have gone before
Equal in measure
For the standard of Christ
Is the only judgement
That matters any more
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
James 2: 12-13
12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the Law that gives freedom. 13 For judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
There’s a little extra pain in my tears
A little more sorrow in my heart
The struggle is getting the best of me
Each day I’m not sure how to start
One breath at a time
I slowly move forward and pray
That I’ll see something, hear a word
That sounds different than it did yesterday
I never discover a solution
My battles never find resolution
My actions never match my words
My thoughts are always disturbed
I never write a famous song
I never find a place to belong
My worry doesn’t cease
My soul never finds peace
Promises are fulfilled
I perfect the art of being still
I continue to grow and gain
I find purpose in the pain
I gain insight and faith
I discover new strength
I hold fast to the truth
I stay beside You
I’d rather have peace
Rather be wrong in my faith
than selfish in my doubt
Rather be judged for childlike faith
than for my life when I am faithless
I’d rather believe the Bible
than the guesses in my head
I’d rather seek an invisible God
Than seek fruitless desires instead.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
You do offer strength
And Your call is strong
You’ve asked me to choose
Right over wrong
But what if I don’t
What if I go the wrong way
Would you love me the same
Would I stay in Your grace
Could I love You from there
Would my vision be strained
Would You still hear my prayers
Or would everything change?
2 Chronicles 7:14-15
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
Several years ago I had a dream. In my dream, I was kind of hopping through the treetops and I could see everything going on down below from a higher vantage point. What I saw below was like an obstacle course. It was very very busy and noisy. There were swinging ropes and tunnels and mazes. It was nighttime but bright neon lights were everywhere. It looked exciting and fun but also potentially dangerous. And as I was looking at it all, I wondered how I would ever know which course to take.
Some dreams, and I have a ton, just stick with me and that has been one of them. And often times I can see the parallels between my life and that dream. It is so full of activity and choices. It is full of possibilities, both good and bad. But when I am walking the ground down below and all I can see is the obstacle right in front of me, I lose sight of the bigger picture and have trouble deciding which way to go. So maybe that is when I go to the treetops. Get up higher to see the bigger picture. Get to a place where the noises are quieter, the lights are softer and the perspective is bigger and clearer.
So how do I get to the treetops?
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Isaiah 55: 9
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.…”
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”