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Life Beyond The Lyrics – Speak

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“Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.” – Aslan at the beginning of creation of Narnia (C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew)


The first church I went to had an acronym for the word home. The four letters were Hallelujah, Outreach, Mobilize, Engage–which represented worship (loving God), loving others, moving out strategically and engaging or speaking to others. I never really gave it a second thought, but obviously it had an impact as I can remember it nearly eight years after I went to that church.

Who knew that a line from a children’s fantasy story would tie so neatly into what I thought was a cheesy, overplayed theme for a church.

The journey from “awake” to “speak” by way of “love” and “think” correlates directly to our growth as Christians. At the moment we receive salvation in Christ, we are woken up from what seems to be an eternal sleep if the Lion of Judah did not use His own voice to call us to Him.

Immediately, we begin to love the Lord. We love Him through our worship, worship that not only occurs on Sunday for the first 15 to 45 minutes of whatever church service we attend, but a worship that we live out. It’s a love that we live and display to all of those around us. 

However, our love of God can only go so deep through worship. At some point we have to go deeper, we have to begin to think and meditate on the Word of God and come to a full understanding of who He is and what He stands for. When our worship is grown through our understanding of Him and how His Holy Spirit moves in and through us, our senses are heightened and we are now more awake than ever.

This post was written for newreleasetuesday.com, you can read the rest here.

Life Beyond The Lyrics – Think

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Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.” – Aslan at the beginning of creation of Narnia (C.S. Lewis,The Magician’s Nephew)


I never thought a line out of children’s book would impact me so much, but I cannot get the line out of head. I cannot get the thought of God speaking over the Earth–to awake, love, think and speak–out of my mind. C.S. Lewis, with his allegory of Aslan as God the Father creating the world from nothingness with just His breath and His song, made Genesis 1 that much more real to me. 

Awake. Love. Think. Speak.” What do they mean? Why are they in that order? Why would four simple words out of a children’s fantasy book open my eyes so much? 

Now that I know how to love, that I have love, that I comprehend love, I can begin to think. If I thought before loving, I would never love because the moment fear of loving crept into those thoughts, then I would not have the understanding that perfect love casts out all fear.

I tend to overthink things. Even being redeemed and set free by the love of God I worry at times. If someone had just told me love was more important than thinking earlier in my life (like at creation perhaps). 

But now that I am learning to live I can begin to think. But rather than think about problems or potential problems or thinking the worst of a situation, I need to meditate on the word of the living God. One night as I worshiped and prayed in my living room I was struck by the lyrics of Misty Edwards‘ “Only a Shadow.” 

This post was written for newreleasetuesday.com, you can read the rest here.

Life Beyond The Lyrics – Love

Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.” – Aslan at the beginning of creation of Narnia (C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew)

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Well here we are –  awake. But what next? Love? Why follow waking up with Love? Why not follow it with think, or speak, or consume stimulants? In the last installment of Life Beyond The Lyrics I started at the beginning with “Awake.” You can catch up here.

Love God and love others. The greatest commandment doesn’t get much easier to say. However, it seems it is the hardest to live out. We were not designed to love. Yes, it sounds strange, but if we were designed in God’s image, and God is love, then it is easy to see that we were not merely designed to love but rather to be love.

Which Jesus do you follow? /  Which Jesus do you serve? / If Ephesians says to imitate Christ / Why do you look so much like the world?

You see, being a Christian isn’t about living by a bunch of set rules, going to church on Sunday, and watching repeats of Duck Dynasty. Although, if you check a bunch of our social media feeds or even walk into a Christian book store, you would think that is what being a Christian entails. Being a Christian literally means being a little Christ. So, just like Dr. Evil had Mini Me, Jesus has us. (Cue screams of, “Heretic!” now.)

This area for love of my neighbours has been crushing me lately. It has been the greatest challenge to my Christian walk since I made a decision to follow Christ nineteen years ago. It almost feels that only now do I understand what following Christ and declaring His name as my own actually means. Even as I write this, I cannot get the homeless man’s eyes out of my mind.

 ‘Cause my Jesus bled and died /  He spent His time with thieves and liars / He loved the poor and accosted the arrogant / So which one do you want to be? /  Blessed are the poor in spirit / Or do we pray to be blessed with the wealth of this land? / Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness / Or do we ache for another taste of this world of shifting sand?

He was just sitting there, outside of the farmer’s market, the same place he sits every week. I drove by him so many times through the winter and always saw him there, just sitting on the cold, red, brick, sidewalk. Sitting there and selling his newspapers in order to earn enough money to get through the next day. I had walked by him so many times before this, knowing he was there, but not knowing a man was there, merely knowing that there was a tripping hazard that I needed to watch out for. But this Saturday was different. As we drove by to drop my daughters at their ballet class, there he was. But this time, I saw a man. A man no different than myself. A man whom Jesus died for. It was different, it was as though, at that moment, I understood what love was. Love is not merely an emotion, but a constant action upon our hearts by God that we must turn into action. I stopped, I talked to the man, I crouched to his level and looked him in the eyes, and those eyes have been burned into my mind. I spoke to him, told him that God loved him, that he was beautiful. I forgot about the bustling market crowd. I made contact with a man that God loves and cares for.

You can read the rest of the post at NewReleaseTuesday.com

 

Life Beyond The Lyrics – Awake

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Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.” – Aslan at the beginning of creation of Narnia (C.S. Lewis,The Magician’s Nephew)

I never thought a line out of children’s book would impact me so much, but I cannot get the line out of head. I cannot get the thought of God speaking over the Earth–to awake, love, think and speak–out of my mind. C.S. Lewis, with his allegory of Aslan as God the Father creating the world from nothingness with just His breath and His song, made Genesis 1 that much more real to me. 

I have always believed in Creation. Even before I confessed to be a follower of Christ, I knew that God created everything around me. I may not have accepted the fact, but in my heart of hearts, if I argued for evolution as the answer, I knew I was lying to whomever I speaking to. I suppose being raised in a Catholic home and attending a Catholic school with religion classes lead to my belief in Creation, however as quickly as I stopped attending those religion classes–it was grade 5 after we had moved to Hay River, in Northwest Territories–I also stopped firmly believing in anything about God.

This isn’t an issue of attending religion classes, or having a faith-based education, though. This is an issue of a God-centered home. You see, children will automatically be drawn to, and have the same views, and opinions as their parents–with the exception of very few. If, as a parent, you worship the god of sleep-in on Sundays, then your children will also. If you as a parent determine that everything else is more important than God in your life, then your children will as well.

But I have digressed too far. I was writing about the creation of Narnia and why those words were so impactful. “Awake. Love. Think. Speak.” What do they mean? Why are they in that order? Why would four simple words out of a children’s fantasy book open my eyes so much? Over the next four weeks I will try and attempt to answer these questions.

Awake

Before anything can be done in a day, we have to wake up. Before the sun can shine, God must command the dawn to awake. The call to awake first and foremost is quite obvious. Before we can love, think or speak, our minds have to awaken from their slumber. Our bodies have to be prepared for what they will face. The simplest place we see this is the bible is Genesis 1:3, “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

This post was written as part of the ongoing column”Life Beyond The Lyrics” at NewReleaseTuesday.com, you can read the rest of the post here.