Over 30 years ago, I created a bucket list. At the very top of that list I wrote down the words: I want to become a recording artist. ― And I have to be honest, when I wrote it, I thought that goal was nearly impossible for me to achieve. I could crank out a good Rolling Stones cover on my guitar and could rock the house at parties, but didn’t have the first clue about how to write a song, let alone one that might eventually make it on the radio … but I wrote it down anyway, because I decided to believe some crazy guy I’d heard at a seminar shouting about how you HAVE TO create a bucket list and fill it with grand visions, and how people that write their goals down achieve them 97% of the time.
As the years rolled by, I was able to knock a number of dreams off the list, but that one dream I really wanted ― my crazy recording artist dream remained an impossible enigma. Until one day, about 7 years ago, when I finally realized something about myself:
Anyone can be angry their team lost this week. Anyone can rejoice because their team won.
Anyone can think the Lord is on their side because their candidate won. Anyone can think the Lord will avenge them because their candidate lost.
Anyone can be afraid. Anyone can be smug.
Anyone can think they are in the right. Anyone can think the other side is wrong.
But not everyone chooses to love and trust God in the middle of it. Not everyone has peace because they know Him.
Not everyone chooses to love those on the other team and treat them as valuable and worthy, made in the same image of God they themselves were.
What if instead of being angry, rejoicing, scared, or smug this week, we loved God and loved others for real?
What if we were different instead of trying to make a difference?
A message from Dave.