Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Currently Listening
The Altar and the Door
By Casting Crowns
3. Slow Fade
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Jasper Speaks:

So, I was listening to The Altar and the Door the other day and this song stood out to me:

"Slow Fade"

Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

I really got me thinking about how all the little compromises in our lives add up. I was thinking about how so often we think that if we aren't "big sinning" then it is okay. I think we don't give enough credence to keeping purity a priority in every part of our lives. We think, "if I look at that or if I say this" it will be okay. I mean Jesus might not do it but it is okay if I do".

Now I know we don't necessarily have that internal monologue going all the time but we do compromise all the time. We don't consider the consequences of those little things. I think of a white shirt and a little dirt.

dirtyshirt


The shirt might be very clean but if you drop a couple of grains of dirt onto the shirt everyday eventually WE become filthy.

mudman

When we go places we shouldn't, see things we ought not to, and listen to things that do not edify us, we are throwing a little dirt on our clean (in Christ) heart. After awhile, as we continue to allow these things into our lives, our hearts will become as dirty as that shirt.

The hard part is, unfortunately our hearts are not always as easy to examine as our clothing. We don't always realize when compromise is soiling our hearts. Like the song says, it is a slow fade. The darkness seldom takes over all at once. It most often takes over one small speck of dust at a time. As we continue to allow the dirt to contaminate us, the small specks add up and our hearts are covered in dirt before we realize it.

One of the verses that often come to mind for me is 2 Timothy 2:22. The reference is easy to remember and it's Truth is worth living by:

"Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart".

I used to have that verse on an index card taped to inside cover of my Bible. Purity is so hard to guard. Our world today devalues purity of heart. As Christians we are called to live a life above the bar. The question is are we letting the little thing add up until our hearts are no long pure but dark? Are we fleeing the evil desires of youth or are we slowly embracing them? Are we letting them cover our hearts slowly so that we barely detect a change?

Is it time to flee?

1 comment:

preacherman said...

Great post brother.
I want you to know love your blog.
I was a youth minister for 10 years. I am preaching know at a wonderful congregation that God has called me to and has allowed me to heal as I experience burnout in youth ministry as many youth ministers do. The congregation is wonderful and God is blessing in way I never though He could.
I want you to know love your blog and have added it to my favorites.
I look forward to reading more of your blog in the future.

I pray that God will bless your ministry as you serve Him. As the Hebrew blessing goes: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and give you peace.

I would for you anytime to join in any discussion we might be having on my blog. Again, God bless you in name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May you experience the riches of his wonderful grace today and the days to come. May your youth group prosper. May the Holy Spirit fall on them like never before and they experience the wonderful deep love, grace, and relationship our our Lord and savior Jesus Christ and share it with their friends at school, UIL, sporting events, playing. May they be a living testamoney to the Cross of Christ.

I cannont help it but the Holy Spirit has feel me today with encouraging words to those who need to hear the message. You will experience renewal beyond your imagination as you pray today and the Holy Spirit falls on you as you surrender your: Life, Family, Ministery, Finanaces, over to him. I mean complete and total surrender brother. You will feel the peace surpasses all understand and a renewed spirit within you brother.

God bless you with blessing upon blessings. For Jesus came to give us life abundantly.

In Him
Kinney Mabry
Aka.
Preacherman.
1 Tim 4:12