Anyone who knows me even a tiny bit knows that I absolutely love worship. It’s one of the things that I truly love to do. Music honoring our King becomes an anthem for my heart to cry out! It doesn’t always sound very good, especially when it is worship from a raw place of hurt and/or disappointment. When what I thought was going to happen is interrupted by what actually happens that doesn’t match my expectations. It reminds me of acoustic versions of my favorite songs.

The acoustic version of a song strips away most all of the instruments and leaves the singer or singers with one or two sources of accompaniment, usually, to guide them. The singer or singers are in charge of the quality of the song. There’s no fancy soundtracks to cover or auto tune for the voices. Don’t I wish I could auto tune my life sometimes? I seek comfort for issues over confrontation. This inflated expectation gets me in trouble because great living starts when I start taking responsibility FOR my life.

But what does taking up my cross daily look like? How do we live out the ancient text in our modern world??

To “take up your cross” is something that has to take place in your thoughts. When thoughts that aren’t pleasing to God come to your mind during the day, you “put them to death” on an inner “cross.” – Lauren Weatherall

I MUST think about what I’m thinking about, and strip those thoughts down to their own individual acoustic versions. Sometimes I have to write them down. Next, I must compare them to Scripture. Scripture is the ONLY accompaniment that we need to play the soundtrack of our thoughts upon. Take out the extra distractions. Strip it down. Only then can we renew our minds as Paul described in the New Testament. Is it easy? No. I suffer as an inconsistent Christian, tossed around the waves of life when I have the anchor the whole duration of the storm and it’s in my hands. I can choose to let it down and anchor my soul or hang on for dear life.

“Following Jesus is easy when life runs smoothly; our true commitment to Him is revealed during trials. Jesus assured us that trials will come to His followers (John 16:33). Discipleship demands sacrifice, and Jesus never hid that cost.” –

I’m ashamed to admit how many times I sink in the waters of anxiety and worry. I can see Peter in the text and think, I could never do that, but the truth is, I can’t honestly say that when I’ve faltered under much less pressure filled situations. But we don’t have to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Pastor John Hagee once said, “I cannot do everything at once, but I can do something at once. Take action. Make a decision.” It really spoke to my heart. Jesus made it simple to live and love living an acoustic life.

By playing for an audience of ONE.

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