Do I Dare To Give Everything?

The song The Motions by Matthew West has been running through my head over and over again since early yesterday afternoon.

This might hurt, it's not safe
But I know that I've gotta make a change
I don't care if I break,
At least I'll be feeling something
'Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of life

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

No regrets, not this time
I'm gonna let my heart defeat my mind
Let Your love make me whole
I think I'm finally feeling something
'Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of this life

'Cause I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

take me all the way (take me all the way)
take me all the way ('cause I don't wanna go through the motions)
take me all the way (I know I'm finally feeling something real)
take me all the way

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

take me all the way (take me all the way)
take me all the way (I don't wanna go, I don't wanna go)
take me all the way (through the motions)
take me all the way

I don't wanna go through the motions
This should be the prayer of us all. We should all be unsatisfied with simply going through the motions and yet if we are not careful, that is exactly what we will find ourselves doing.

If we are going to walk in victory as a Christian, if we want to be filled with joy and peace and live by faith no matter what, we cannot just go through the motions. If we want to see lives transformed, broken hearts mended, relationships restored and those in bondage set free, we cannot just go through the motions. If we want to be used of God and have a front row view of what God is doing, we cannot just go through the motions.
However, there is a price to pay and therein lies the rub. We have to die to ourselves and let God consume us. Yes, He gave us life but now... we must live it... with our whole heart! :heart:

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I did what everyone else does when they receive such a diagnosis. I took a good hard look at the life I had lived. This is not an easy thing to do. How had I lived? Was I just going through the motions? Was I living for me or was I living for Christ? At the end of the day, what do I want my answer to be?

If I want my answer to be living for Christ, then I must be willing to go wherever He leads... not just the places I like, not just to the people I like but wherever He leads. You see, we forget, Jesus calls us to follow Him, not the other way around. He calls us to take up our cross and follow Him.
23Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. Luke 9:23-24 I don't want to go through the motions. At the end of the day, I don't want to ask that question "What if I had given everything?" because I want to have lived the answer.

May God help us to give Him everything daily!

Blessings!

K :princess:

@galahad
Benjamin Foulks @galahad ·

Kprincess, thank you for reminding me that it needs to be all and everything for Christ. Makes it hard to call Him "Lord" otherwise.

@metamorphosis
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Dear K--I once attended a workshop on total commitment, and I've never forgotten their definition: "Giving as much as I understand about me to as much as I understand about God in this present moment." That changes from day to day--sometimes minute to minute, depending on what is going on in my life from time to time.

When I was diagnosed with my cancer, I didn't understand much about me in that moment, but I understood God's mercy, grace and peace. When I was pronounced in remission, I understood much more about me, but I had a hard time understanding God's mercy and grace for such a flawed, failure-prone person as I knew myself to be in that moment.

Nowadays, when I think of total commitment, I also think of a song which I sing along with as a prayer. It's called "Sweet Wind" by the Vineyard Singers.

There's a wind a-blowin'--all across the land;
A fragrant breeze of heaven--blowin' once again,
Don't know where it comes from--don't know where it goes,
But let it blow over me; oh, sweet wind, come and blow over me.

There's a rain a-pourln'--showers from above;
Mercy drops are comin'--mercy drops of love.
Turn your face toward heaven--let the water pour,
Let it pour over me; oh, sweet rain, come and pour over me,

There's a fire burnin'--fallin' from. the sky;
Awesome tongues of fire--consumin' you and I.
Can you feel it burnin'--burn the sacrifice?
Well, let it burn over me; oh, sweet fire come and burn over me.

Amen, and amen.

Have a great day. :) YBIChrist--Ron

@billyb
Billy Beard @billyb ·

K. I confess I have never been much of a video watcher, I just like the songs. But the video on your blog gave a lot of weight to what the song was about, thanks for sharing that. I realize I can not wait another day to give my Lord my all, time is precious, God forgive us of our neglect of it, ME first! Thank You, Sis.

@ptl2008
·

K, when we give our everything, we see God in everything.
When that happens, it is awesome for us for He is awesome.
He works in ways we cannot understand, but all for our good.
We begin to see how awesome are His ways and we can sing "How great Thou Art" and praise Him for who He is - our Omnipresent, Omnscient and Omnipotent God. It is great getting to know our God and Lord.

ptl2008

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Karen Dunleavy @livnnstereo ·

I absolutely love this song. Have played it over and over. Thanks you so much for posting it, your insight on it and commentary. You have so much wisdom after what you have been through.

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