Sunday, April 28, 2013

You Are More

 
You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.
 
 The full lyrics to this song can be found after my rambling... but I had to post the chorus right away, simply because of its importance. 

I've heard this song a few times in the past, and I've liked it since I heard it, but it was just one of many songs I like. But this morning, I found it rather interesting that I awoke with the lyrics playing over and over in my head.
 
Last night/this morning, I had a short email conversation with a very wonderful and patient friend. And, it was essentially in regards to this song. Well, actually, it was about the subject matter of this song, although unrealized at the moment. We were discussing sin. We were discussing the stupid decision people make. And how God loves us regardless of the stupid mistakes. Well... he was discussing how God loves us regardless. I was, as per usual, attempting to argue with him.

It always seems we have at least one mistake we're destined to repeat over and over again. Maybe it's drinking. Cursing. Porn. Gambling. Sex. Stealing. Pushing people away. The list goes on. We are all sinners. And we all have our vices.... some more serious than others. And some of us are just determined to continue screwing up. 

And, some of us slip into feeling we've "fallen too far to love." How can anyone love us for the mistakes we continuously make? How can God continue to love us? 

I highly suggest everyone not only listen to the lyrics, but also watch the video for this song. What would your chalkboard say? How full of words and sins and fears would it be? About 3 minutes into the song, watch what happens to that chalkboard. That's how it is for us. This is what was given to us because of Jesus' sacrifice. Because God gave His Son. All those sins... washed away. And we continue to be beloved children of God because of this. 

Some days, it truly is almost impossible to believe this. It's difficult to believe that no matter how many times we mess up... no matter how many things we do which cause us shame and hurt those around us... we have not fallen too far to love. We are not defined by the choices and mistakes we've made. 
 
 

You are More
 
There's a girl in the corner
With tear stains on her eyes
From the places she's wandered
And the shame she can't hide

She says, "How did I get here?
I'm not who I once was.
And I'm crippled by the fear
That I've fallen too far to love"

But don't you know who you are,
What's been done for you?
Yeah don't you know who you are?

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.

Well she tries to believe it
That she's been given new life
But she can't shake the feeling
That it's not true tonight

She knows all the answers
And she's rehearsed all the lines
And so she'll try to do better
But then she's too weak to try

But don't you know who you are?

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.

'Cause this is not about what you've done,
But what's been done for you.
This is not about where you've been,
But where your brokenness brings you to

This is not about what you built,
But what He built to forgive you,
And what He built to make you know.

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.

You've been remade
You've been remade.
You've been remade.
You've been remade.

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