Not of this world – Shine not just Survive

The first song on the MercyMe CD – “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” is called “This Life” and pretty much sums up the idea behind my blog title.

“This is not my home. This is not space. Simply not my style. This is not my place. Can’t get comfortable. Can’t get settled in. I simply don’t belong. Can’t get used to this. But I’m here right now. I can hear You say ‘Make the most of me’. This won’t go to waste. If I’m out of my mind yeah. It’s all for the Christ. If I’m making sense then get in line. Every moment is a chance to let your light break through.
“This life, this life was meant to shine. This life, this life was meant to shine.
“I don’t have to stall. I don’t have to wait. Don’t have to bide my time. Til I make my escape. ‘Cause heaven’s in my heart. I won’t settle for less. I will lift Your name by the life I live. Every moment is a chance to let your light break through.
“This life, this life was meant to shine. This life, this life was meant to shine.
“It’s in my heart. it’s in my soul. I’ll live every day just to make you known. This life, this life was meant to shine. Hold your heads up high. This is our moment to rise. We were meant to shine. Not just survive.”
May 2011 be a year where I let God shine through me and not just try to survive.

Can It Really Be Christmas?

A night like any other

Warming hands by the fire

Swapping stories, sheep sleeping

Laughter, friendship

In one instant life-changing

The sky bursts with light

News proclaimed

Can it really be?

Entering the stable

A man stands watch

Mother and baby sleeping

Awe fills the heart

Just as the angel said

Truth dawns

Worship this our King

Can it really be?

Telling others

Sharing with any

Listen to our tale

Not an ordinary night

The world’s wait

Finally over

He is here

It really can be

And is.

By Debi A. Martin

Christmas Eve, 2000