Posts Tagged With: Casting Crowns

Thankful for the Truth Tellers

Tell the truth. It’s something we’re taught from such a young age we don’t remember when we first heard it. We’re told that the truth is always best, and it is – but that doesn’t mean it never hurts along the way.

I think we’ve all had times when the truth hurt so much that we wanted to run and hide from the world and never come back out. Surely if we just stayed curled up under the covers and went to sleep long enough, when we woke up everything would be back to the way it was just a little while ago.

thankful truth in loveUnfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. And the thing is, being the one who has to tell someone an unpleasant truth can be just as hard as being the one who hears it.

Granted, there might be times when we’re so hurt or frustrated or angry ourselves that we just blurt out the words without letting them pass through our “how are they going to take this?” filter.

Paul talks in his letter to the Ephesians about speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). He’s just talked about how Christ helps different people (pastors, teachers, and others) work together to build each other (and the church) up. As we grow together, we learn how to discern the truth of things and not be so easily deceived, “blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.” We speak the truth in love to each other so we can build and support each other as we all keep trying to figure things out.

It can be a delicate balance, walking the fine line of speaking the truth without destroying the other person – especially when that person doesn’t want to hear what you have to say. It’s something never to be taken lightly and always to be taken with prayer. Because without prayer, without asking God to block my own stupid words and replace them with His perfect ones, I don’t stand a chance.

Hopefully, God will give us those words so we can get past our fear and say what needs to be said. Hopefully, we have a close enough relationship with the other person that she knows what we say comes from our heart and our love, not a desire to hurt.

My hat goes off today to those people around me who are brave enough to speak the truth in love to whoever they believe needs to hear it. I just pray that I can say the same thing about myself when God puts me in that situation.

Your turn: Author Flannery O’Conner once said, “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” Which do you think is harder most of the time – hearing the truth from someone you care about, or speaking the truth in love?

Casting Crowns has been one of my favorite Christian groups since their first CD released in 2003 (wow, has it really been that long?). I thought you might enjoy the video of their song “Love You With the Truth” from their CD Thrive.

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Get Courageous for the Weekend

Hard to believe, but it’s Friday again! So, to start the weekend off on a fun note, here’s a great video featuring one of my all-time favorite groups, Casting Crowns.

The song is “Courageous,” which is the first single from their CD that will release in October (yay, can hardly wait!). It’s also featured in the movie “Courageous,” which opens on Sept. 30. A friend of mine was fortunate enough to see the movie premier at the Fox Theater in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago. She and her husband both said it’s an amazing movie that could really make a difference in people’s lives. I’m looking forward to seeing it! But in the meantime, I hope you enjoy the video.

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Monday Musings: Knowing God More

Casting Crowns is one of my favorite Christian bands, and has been since their first CD released a few years ago. Their lyrics are so powerful and their messages hit so close to home that nearly every song on every CD is a favorite.

The same is true of their newest release, Until the Whole World Hears, which I got for Christmas. Can you wear holes in CDs if you listen to them too much? Seems like that’s what I’m on my way to doing with this one. 🙂 I loved the title track before getting the CD, but one of my absolute favorites is To Know You. It talks about how the more we know Christ, the more we want to share Him with others — partly because they need to know about Him so desperately, but partly because we can’t stop ourselves.

Here’s the chorus:

More than my next breath – More than life or death – All I’m reaching for, I live my life to know You more – I leave it all behind, You’re all that satisfies – To know You is to want to know You more – To know You is to want to know You more.

Wow. As I’m belting this out in the car (by myself or with the kids — don’t you just love to hear kids sing their hearts out to God?), I have to ask myself how true these words are for myself. Do I have a desire to know God more every day? Do I know Him and love Him so much that I can hardly wait to share him with others? Am I really finding my satisfaction in God and God alone?  

Pretty heavy stuff to contemplate anytime, but especially with Ash Wednesday and Lent starting this week. Many people give something up during those 40 days — they make some kind of sacrifice — to experience a miniature version of what Christ sacrificed for us. Other people take the opposite approach and add something to their lives during those 40 days to improve their relationship with God. Maybe they decide to memorize Scripture or have more regular prayer time or start a new Bible study. I think both approaches are important and have their merits. I haven’t decided yet what I want to ‘give up,’ but I do know what I want to ‘gain’ — a deeper relationship with God. Not just for today or tomorrow or the 40 days of Lent, but for always.

To know Him is to want to know Him more. I want that to be the anthem of my life.

What about you?

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