“Because I’m playing for keeps this time around
I’m in too deep
To think about falling down
And giving up again
I want to live each day just like
It was my last chance to prove
You’re all I have
And that is all I need
This is it, it’s what we’re waiting for!
This is it, it’s all we’re fighting for!
I finally get a chance to show the world
What You have done for me
So let this moment be
You instead of me
Tired and bruised, every broken bone
Reminds me that I’m far from home
And these scars remind me who I am
But You’re the one
the Reason that I run
And I won’t stop until You’re done
You’re the only hope I have
I’ve counted the cost and I know
Everything that really matters is
Everything worth fighting for” - “This Is It (You Instead of Me)” by Jonah33
I included these lyrics tonight because a few phrases caught my attention. The first couple lines that stuck out to me was the part on living each day just like it was his last chance to prove God was all he had. I think this is such a cool way of thinking! It inspires me to consider this when I am going through my day, especially during the most mundane activities. If we would remember that each day, each moment is our chance to prove we are living to glorify and honor God alone and that He is all we need, our lives would look dramatically different!
The chorus is another part of the song that got me thinking. “Let this moment be You instead of me.” Similarly to the other verse I pointed out, when we consciously focus on letting God shine through our lives with each and every moment, things will take a turn for the best! We no longer will be easily angered by a customer’s rude comment, no longer controlled by our road rage, and, most importantly, we will not hesitate to demonstrate unconditional love to those around us.
Last, but not least, the last couple lines reminded me of the Bible passage in Luke 14.
Luke 14:28-30 (New International Version)
28"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
It is so true: That which costs nothing is not worth anything! Living for Christ may cost you your life (figuratively, and possibly literally), but when compared to the opposite (death without Christ), it is not hard to see how it is the only thing really worth fighting for.
I pray that today we will use our lives to bring praise to our Heavenly Father and allow Him to work through us to touch the lives of those around us. God loves as no one else ever can! :)
“This Is It (You Instead Of Me)” by Jonah33
NOTE: This song is a bit hard rock so feel free to check out the other song if this doesn’t interest you :)
“Counted The Cost” by Cory Asbury, IHOP