Keep Your Eyes Open: It’s a New Year!

2015 is full of possibilities! It will be what you make of it.

NEEDTOBREATHE’s song, “Keep Your Eyes Open,” has such powerful lyrics about persevering. Every time I listen to it, a new phrase speaks to my heart, driving to do more and never give up.

Open Up Your Eyes

Enjoy!

May we keep our eyes open!

“Keep Your Eyes Open”

by NEEDTOBREATHE

If you could soldier on
Headstrong into the storm
I’ll be here waiting on the other side
Don’t look back. The road is long
The first days of the war are gone
Take back your former throne and turn the tide

Cause if you never leave home, never let go
You’ll never make it to the great unknown till you
Keep your eyes open, my love
So tell me you’re strong, tell me you see
I need to hear it, will you promise me to
Keep your eyes open, my love

Just past the circumstance
The first light… a second chance
No child could ever dance the way you do
Oh, tear down the prison walls
Don’t start the curtain call
Your chains will never fall until you do

Cause if you never leave home, never let go
You’ll never make it to the great unknown till you
Keep your eyes open, my love
So show me your fire, show me your heart
You know I’ll never let you fall apart if you
Keep your eyes open, my love

Open up your eyes
The weight is unbroken
Open up your eyes
Keep your eyes open

Don’t let the night become the day
Don’t take the darkness to the grave
I know pain is just a place
The will has been broken
Don’t let the fear become the hate
Don’t take the sadness to the grave
I know the fight is on the way
When the sides have been chosen

Cause if you never leave home, never let go
You’ll never make it to the great unknown
Open up your eyes
Keep your eyes open
So tell me you’re strong, tell me you see
I need to hear it, will you promise me to
Keep your eyes open, my love
So show me your fire, show me your heart
You know I’ll never let you fall apart if you
Keep your eyes open, my love

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Christmas Chaos in the Key of C

Christmas and I have a love/hate relationship!

I love the Christ Child, the joy, the music, the decorations, the special services, and the family time.

I hate the pace and never having enough time to get everything done.

For me today was particularly hard. After two days where I did too much and stayed up too late (I actually feel asleep on the couch both nights), I was looking forward to a simple Wednesday at work…one chapel to assist with and three classes. Enter a text message at 6:15am whilst brushing my teeth. The Chaplain is out sick. Oh, we just doubled down on the day. I’ll see your one chapel and three classes and raise you running two chapels and teaching four classes, one of them to over 150 kids.

I am pleased to say “Mission Accomplished.” I wrote and preached two homilies, ran two chapel services, one with a surprise faculty choir for the students, taught three of my regular classes, and threw in a lecture with full A/V to boot. It was a chaotic day! I barely got a break and when I did, it wasn’t long enough.

But in the midst of the chaos after two classes and the second service, a student stopped me in the lobby. He asked me about good people suffering. I was able to share with him my faith and my understanding of God’s generosity and love for mankind. We talked about man’s perspective and God’s perspective, and having the faith to trust God when we don’t understand. I was blessed to share with that young man. It was beautiful!

I’m sure you have your own chaos, but here’s some chaos that is beautiful and guaranteed to make you smile.

May we find beauty in the Christmas chaos!

And it doesn’t hurt to hide in your office and eat Christmas cookies either. 🙂

Shine

Matthew 5.16Life isn’t perfect. Our best efforts are never enough. We suffer from guilt, fear, and failure. We see our family and friends struggle. We witness hurt and pain. We don’t understand.

In this darkness, Jesus is the light.

Jesus offers salvation from this world and hope for a world to come. He covers our weaknesses and takes our guilt away. He fills us with joy and love. He calls us to share that with those around us who find themselves in darkness. He calls us to shine!

Not sure what to do? Try these three simple steps:

1. Know that you are a precious child of God!

2. Smile.

3. Express gratitude for your life.

And to get pumped for the day, take a listen to the Newboys classic hit, “Shine,” live from Texas…

Shine
Make ’em wonder what you’ve got
Make ’em wish that they were not
On the outside looking bored
Shine
Let it shine before all men
Let ’em see good works, and then
Let ’em glorify the Lord

That is all. Happy Friday!