If you are reading this, you are a part of why I get to do what I do in life. I make music and write stuff every day, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else*. Thanks to alls y’all who have purchased (or Spotify’d) my EP, shared some of my tunes or blogs, and/or have come to one of my shows. And a bonus thank you to those who have no idea who I am, but support artistsº I perform with.
The tricky thing about doing the independent music thing is that to be successful, I have to essentially treat myself as a business. I honestly don’t think in business terms most of the time, but sometimes I have to in order to make ends meet. It’s sorta like I’m the product and the guy selling the product at the same time˚. While I do get enjoyment from bossing myself around, it can get tiresome being so consistently “me” oriented.
So I’m starting another installment here on the bloggety, where I will write about something even more interesting than myself: other people. I’m calling it Honorables.
HONORABLES: peoples, places, and thingses worth talking about.
So this book, Present Perfect by Gregory Boyd, is sufficiently messing me up at the moment. Thought you should know.
In my life, I have found that the most powerful thing I can do is submit my heart’s affection to Jesus in the present moment. God really is infinite, which doesn’t mean that He’s really big. It means He is inconceivably limitless. Every moment I experience in time is a gift, an invitation to experience an aspect of Him, to feel his love in a different and deeper way. Moments in his Presence are like sunsets: consistently beautiful, yet consistently unique. And He never runs out of sunset moments, because He Himself is infinite.
Gregory Boyd writes about this idea, of experiencing God in the now. He develops his message so brilliantly, connecting classic teachings from Brother Lawrence, Jean-Pierre de Caussade, and Frank Laubach. There is Life on his words, a humble wisdom that really inspires me. He is profound yet practical, filling each chapter with relevant exercises that put these truths in action. I give him the maddest of props.
If you’re interested in having deeper intimacy with God, Present Perfect is a great place to start.
Anyway, that may have sounded like a commercial, but I wanted you to have the heads up about it, because I’ll probably be stealing his quotes fairly often. For starters…
"I could not possibly be more loved than I am in this moment…This instant I have unsurpassable worth and infinite significance because of Calvary."
"To the extent that our worth and significance are wrapped up in things that come into being and that pass away, we cannot help but be obsessed with the past and future and cannot avoid the fear and dread that this obsession produces."
"However free or enslaved we were in the past or will be in the future is completely irrelevant. The only thing that matters—for it’s the only thing that is real—is the present moment."
Confesh: I am a slow reader, and I haven’t finished this book yet. If you start now and beat me to the end, feel free to out-quote me on Tumblr.
Welp, I never intended this blog to be super Jesus-y, but it turns out He’s just really interesting to write about. Hope that’s cool.
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* Except maybe to perform in the Broadway musical version of this movie, whenever they make one.
˚ That’s why if you listen to the bridge of “Bellevue” backwards, it sounds like “buuuuuuyyyyy meeeeee”