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Quote: What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. – A.W. Tozer

Pondering: I’ve been pondering death a lot this week. Morbid, I know, but Solomon said “better to go to the house of mourning than the house of feasting”. I’ve lost a lot of people this year, and yesterday was the anniversary of the death of one of my best friends.

Here’s what I posted on Facebook about it: “Well, another year has gone by and the anniversary of the death of one of my closest friends, Russell Comstock has passed. I found myself angry all day, in a bad mood and overwhelmingly sad. There is a hole in your life when a friend is gone, but their impact remains. Because of Russ, I appreciate fresh ground coffee, avocados, greasy spoon breakfast joints, reggae, and above all, Russ taught me that the people who smile the biggest are sometimes the most broken. That smile he was known for came with a price tag and I knew much of what it took for him to give it. He’d dealt with so much pain in his life that he contented himself with simply making others happy. I miss you my friend, and it’s gonna always hurt until we meet again.”

Books: I just finished SparkJoy, the sequel to the first book in the Kon Mari Method of tidying up series. Overall, it was good and helpful, but I think you’re a tidy person or you’re not. I found myself wondering ‘doesn’t this kind of come naturally to people?’. I’m a neat freak, and my environment is important to me. In fact, I can’t work without a tidy space. Funny enough, chaos can be raging all around me people wise, and I’m still good. I had to laugh at her at times though. She is an animist, and she believes that everything has a spirit, therefore, she speaks to her shoes before throwing them out “Thank you shoes for serving me. I’ve walked many miles in you, but now no longer need your services. Thank you and goodbye.” All I kept thinking of was the episode of Ren and Stimpy “Son of Stimpy” where Stimpy’s boogers think he’s crazy because he talks to them…Um…never mind…
 
Music : Still on a radiohead kick, but one of my favorite songs of all time that I’ve enjoyed this week is the Foo Fighters “Best of You”. During a time when my life was on a downward toll, just beginning to go back up again, I listened to this song as a broken man. I’d been broken by ministry, by my own pride, the pride of others, by so many things. And this song soothed my soul. I quite ministry, telling God I loved him, but didn’t want to work for him anymore. I was tired of people’s politics, and hiding carnality behind a religious mask. I told God more than anything that I refused to fight through believers to reach unbelievers anymore. I was done with it. Yet this song asked questions of me that seemed prophetic at the time in asking with it’s double entendre “Is someone getting the best of you?”. I’ve long suspected that Dave Grohl has found God through some of his struggles, and there’s a reference to someone dying for our healing. Maybe it’ll speak to you where you’re at today. Here are the lyrics:
I’ve got another confession to make
I’m your fool
Everyone’s got their chains to break
Holdin’ you
Were you born to resist or be abused?
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Are you gone and onto someone new?
I needed somewhere to hang my head
Without your noose
You gave me something that I didn’t have
But had no use
I was too weak to give in
Too strong to lose
My heart is under arrest again
But I break loose
My head is giving me life or death
But I can’t choose
I swear I’ll never give in
I refuse
Has someone taken your faith?
Its real, the pain you feel
You trust, you must
Confess
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Has someone taken your faith?
Its real, the pain you feel
The life, the love
You died to heal
The hope that starts
The broken hearts
You trust, you must
Confess
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
I’ve got another confession my friend
I’m no fool
I’m getting tired of starting again
Somewhere new
Were you born to resist or be abused?
I swear I’ll never give in
I refuse
Has someone taken your faith?
Its real, the pain you feel
You trust, you must
Confess
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
 

 

Worship: Matt Redmond…gosh, has it been 20 years since most of those songs were penned? Yet, the other night, my daughter wanted to hear a particular song at the dinner table and we started geeking out on the catalogue of songs that guy has produced. It was like our dining room was filled with the Spirit of God, and God’s presence blessed our table. It was like lying down by still waters, and having our souls restored. As much as I love rock, and am a huge music fanatic, I determined that worship needs to take more a central place in my life going forward. I worship using songs that others probably wouldn’t recognize as ever being used for that purpose, but then again, I’m an odd duck. That said, when somebody is as gifted as Redmond, it makes you feel like you’re sitting at the feet of a Psalmist, and how cool would it have been to worship with David as the psalms dripped from his fingertips as he plucked his lyre?


Buy Peyton’s newest book “Reaching The Unreached: Becoming Raiders of the Lost Art” over on Amazon.com. You can also download a free chapter and watch a cool trailer for the book HERE or click the image below.

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