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Me and Steven Curtis Chapman: The Sequel

About three and a half weeks ago, I wrote about an experience in which God spoke to me about my attitude through the new Steven Curtis Chapman song, Everything You Do.  If you haven’t read that one yet, you need to or this one won’t make as much sense.  Me and Steven Curtis Chapman.

Christian radio has a tendency to overplay hit songs.  SCC’s (Steven Curtis Chapman) new song is poppy and fun, and it has a lot of JPMs (Jesus Per Minute…mentions of God or Jesus).  It should be getting a lot of play.  I have searched the Christian radio dial for it since that day I heard it, and to no avail.  I eventually stopped looking…yesterday.  So, of course, on the drive back from school the song comes on the radio.  This time God used the song to give me a new message.  Well, the same message but a new context.

Unlike last time that I heard the song, today was an awesome day.  It was a great day of teaching.  I had fun.  The students learned what I needed them to learn.  I had two great observations by assistant principals.  I was even picked for teacher of the week by one of the assistant principals (something our school does).  On top of that, I did not have to go pick LA up, and I was able to come straight home to rest a bit before needing to go get NB.  Oh, and I had a reprieve from my allergy attacks today.  All in all, a really good day.

As I drove, happy to hear the song again and singing along when I could remember words (I have heard it online since the first time), I really wasn’t trying to find a message from God.  I got one anyway.

The chorus came on, “Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you…”  The thought came to me that I am good at knowing I need help to do this when I am having a “bad day.”  When my attitude is rotten I know that my thoughts are on me and that I need to change that.  But what about good days?  Where is my focus?  What is my attitude?  Am I doing what I am doing for the “glory of the One who made” me?  Or am I celebrating a triumph of self?

I think I felt as nailed by the song this time as my I-hate-driving day.   It is quite possible that I am more selfish and self-seeking on good days than bad (okay, not possible, but this is the actual reality).  When life is “coming up Joe,” I don’t always think about God’s glory…I think more about Joe’s glory.  Even when I do thank God for the day and know it is from him, I think the motivation still has some selfishness tied up in it.

I think this is evidence, for me, of what Paul meant when he quoted Isaiah (I think) in Romans when he said that “our righteousness is filthy rags” before God.  Even when we are doing right, it is not totally about God.  When things are going good in our lives, we are serving others, we are making right choices there is still selfishness and pride attached to it.  We still need the work of the Holy Spirit to help us truly give the glory only to God.

This did not destroy my “good day,” but it did help focus it.  It made me realize what I already know, I need Jesus.  I am unable to do this without his sacrafice and resurrection.  I can’t really give him glory outside of the purifying work of the Spirit.  And I am glad for this.  Becuase if I could do it on my own, I could take some of the glory.  I don’t want that ability.  That was the sin that got Satan kicked out of Heaven (I realize some people may have never heard Satan’s “back story”…maybe I will post on that some time).

Here is the video of the song, by the way.

What about you?  What do you think about this?  I have been pretty honest about my falling short in giving God glory.  Where do you fall short?  Do you notice it more on “good days” or “bad days?”  What is a time that you noticed this and what did God teach you through it?

Side Lesson: I had to stop writing this to go pick up NB yesterday and did not get to start back up until this morning.  In the meantime, God pointed something out to me about why I heard the song yesterday and why he gave me these thoughts specifically yesterday.  I posted in the morning asking for people to give me some feedback on my blog.  God spoke to my heart and told me that he gave me the song and message as a comment on that post.  He wants me to keep writing.  And to that I say, “Yes sir.”

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Me and Steven Curtis Chapman

I hate driving.  Period.  I just don’t like doing it.  Those who know me well know this.  As a matter of fact, in college I had a friend (who became a roommate and is still a friend years later) who was almost like a chauffer to me.  It was the perfect driving relationship.  He loved driving and had a vehicle, and I hated driving and was carless.  Thanks, CW…I think I still owe you for gas.

I don’t know what it is about it.  A lot of the same reasons other people love driving have the opposite effect on me.  I don’t like sitting there.  I don’t like the process of acceleration or braking.  The passing lines on the road make me tired.  Driving in general just makes me stressed and tired.

At this point in life, I had come to grips with driving.  I have become comfortable with the amount of driving required in my life.  I am good.  As long as life does not ask me for more driving, I am okay.  I can do the driving I need to do in my daily life.  I don’t love it, but I can take.  At least I was able to.

The old feelings about driving have returned.  The old hatred is rising.  Life has asked me to do extra driving…EVERYDAY!

In January, LA developed some issues with vertigo.  Over the months it has gotten worse.  Towards the end of the last school year (within the last few weeks of it), it got to the point that the doctor heavily suggested that she not drive anymore until it settles down dramatically.  So….everything circles back to me and a steering wheel…NB hasn’t got his license yet (he is only two and a half…I think he has to wait a couple of years).

This summer wasn’t too bad.  NB and I worked the driving into our daily adventures (or man-ventures, if you will).  But now school is back in session, and I am back to work.  The extra 40-45 minutes per trip each day is starting to take a toll on me, especially in the afternoons.  After an exhausting day of teaching, the extra time in traffic is not the most awesome thing to look forward to.

So, once again, I hate driving.

However, a chance encounter with Steven Curtis Chapman might change my perspective and attitude.

I like to think myself as more of a rocker, musically speaking.  My reality is probably more folk-rocky then I would care to admit.  I am not that into adult contemporary, or so I like to claim.  Actually right now I am really getting into hymns.  But will this wide mix, Steven Curtis Chapman hasn’t really been on my radar since I wore out my “Live Adventure” tape in high school (okay, I did really dig the song Speechless, and Cinderella has made me cry once or twice).  Yesterday, I was not expecting him to rock me into a lesson from God.

As I was driving to pick up LA before going to get NB, I was stuck in traffic.  I just happened to be listening to one of our local Christian stations, and a song came on.  At first it was talking about the daily life of a stay-at-home mom, but then the chorus caught my attention.

 (prechorus)

And while I may not know you I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes does it matter at all
We’ll let me remind you it all matters just as long as you

(chorus)

Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

I have heard the “do everything to the glory of the Lord” thing all of my life.  I have read it in the Bible.  I have heard it from the pulpit.  I have read it in countless devotional type books.  But it never hit me like it did yesterday.  Oh, Mr. Chapman, sometimes you have a way with words that just hit me between the eyes.  This was another “smack to the back of the head” moment with God.

I felt like driving was a meaningless task.  A means to and end.  Just something to get out of the way.  It didn’t matter.  But it does.  It really matters.  We really are called to “do everything you do to the glory of the one who made you.”  It is our job.  I just didn’t know how to do it with the “small stuff” in life.

That is where the rest of the chorus got me.  The “every little think that you do” bringing a smile to his face part got me.  That is it.  Driving is a little thing, but I need to do it knowing that he put me there to drive.  To serve my family.  To know that it is for him.  To have the time to just enjoy my God and Father in heaven.  And the best part is that when we do this, then we really do “tell the story of grace with every move that you make and every little thing that you do.”

Isn’t that the goal?  Isn’t that what we should be doing?  We need to truly enjoy God in all the little moments and tedium of life, and when we do we show the story of grace to the world.  That is what most people in the world are looking for.  They want to have joy that is above the day to day ups and downs.  That only comes from a relationship with God through Jesus.

Today, life was different.  A smile came to my face in all of the “small stuff” today.  Driving was easier.  I don’t love it, but I can enjoy it as I enjoy God through driving…and every little thing that I do.

Thank you, Steven Curtis Chapman!  And thank you Jesus for making that moment happen yesterday!

Oh, and here is the video for the song.  It is a little cheesy (the video), but fun.  Do Everything–Steven Curtis Chapman.

——————————————UPDATE—————————————————

Going on a week later, and I have not heard this song on the radio again.  I have been listening more often to try to catch it, too.  God is awesome.  He arranged for me to hear it at just the right time.  Now that I have said this, I will probably hear it EVERYTIME I turn on the radio and I will get sick of it.

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