Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
Psalm 96:1-3 NLT
One of my life’s great challenges is to avoid stagnation; the tendency to put off decisions, avoiding what must be done, to let relationships and activity drop, which in the past I compensated for by comfort eating or investing a lot of time in meaningless activities. In such a slough, I realised that a lot of my ‘purpose’ was defined by what I did and was measured against how other people navigated life. I was losing self-confidence and any reason for living. I needed to reassess who and where I was in life and rediscover my primary reason for living.
What I needed was a new song, a fresh refrain for life. I returned to God and began to take God’s declarations seriously. I considered how seriously I wanted to take God at his word, and what that might mean for my life. This took time, but slowly I found my true voice and was able to sing my new refrain. While we can all sing, we cannot all start in the same key or carry a tune within the same vocal range.
Today, having found my voice, I confidently sing out my life song, my distinctive appreciation of God, my world and my life. This song carries within it my story of God’s blessing and presents a characteristic sound to those I meet. This has awakened me and I am stimulated through blessing God. My life is once again moving in a clear direction, I am developing as a child of God. I give thanks to God and freely share my experience of blessing.
Is your life stagnating? If so, take stock, shake up your routines and take some small steps in the direction you want to travel in. Slowly find your song and your voice.
May I bless you, as I learn to sing the unique story of my friendship with you.