music, bravery, and perfection

“…only your love can fill up my cup, cause I’m hollow…”

So I am obsessed with music.

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to branch and out and explore music more, because I had found myself listening to the same three artists over and over again.  I think I’ve successfully done that, for my once 45 song playlist is now up to about 150 songs of, mostly, mainstream and Christian pop.

I don’t know what it is about music that effects me in such a way.  And not just me.  I believe everyone is impacted by music in some way or another, whether that be on a daily basis, or rarely.  Everyone has some song that they can relate to on some level.

I think part of music’s power comes from the fact that the lyrics of a powerful song can transform a person’s life.  Trust me, I’ve seen it firsthand.  Now obviously I am not being transformed by music on a daily basis, but I have been before.

Also, music comes in such a massive variety, it can match your mood easily.  Both with the lyrics and the music itself.  Plus, it is so consistent.  I know that no matter what kind of day I am having, my Jams playlist will still be there holding the music I need in that moment, made by the artist who seems to know exactly what I’m going through.  Sounds a lot like God, huh?  No wonder heaven will be so full of music. ❤

I recently came across a song called “Hollow” by Tori Kelly.  Though it is a song played on pop radio, she has confirmed on Twitter that it is written about her love of God.

Now first of all, the song is stunning.  It has the coolest beat, it’s so beautifully written and arranged, and Tori Kelly has an amazing voice.  I will never understand how she got cut from American Idol so early in the show.  But seriously; listen to it.

The fact that Tori is willing to release a single about such a controversial topic is awesome.  Yes, you could twist the lyrics to be about either God or a lover, but that’s not the point.  Tori had the guts and bravery to put her personal beliefs on the radio; to be played all over the world.

Now some of you may be saying, “So what, a lot of artists have done similar things.”  And yes, this is true.  Tori is just an example that I have come across and who is well-known in current pop culture.  I want to be brave enough one day to do something as awesome as that.  Whatever it is will most likely not be releasing a song that makes it into the Top 40, but who knows what God has in store. (Trust me, though, it will not be something like that. 😉 )

There is a lyric in the song that says “Pour out your perfection on me now,”  I’ve been thinking about perfection a lot lately.  What is perfection?  That is a question that we will not be able to answer until we are called to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is a hard thing to remember, for often I believe I have witnessed perfection encapsulated in a sunrise, or in Taylor Swift’s social media account (Allison 😉 ) or in my best friend’s outfit that just looks so good that day.  (Okay, so that last one may be a bit of a stretch, but you get the point.)  Yet, I haven’t, for when Adam and Eve sinned; perfection was wiped from this world.  Though this is sad for us here, just think how amazing it will be when we finally get to see perfection in its full glory: the face of Jesus.

So, my friends, I challenge you to this: as you go about your day, look for things that the secular world consider to be perfect, and even, that you often mindlessly consider to be perfect.  If you feel compelled to do so, put some examples in the comment section below, and let’s expand our horizons together.  Let’s open our eyes to the things of today’s world that may be beautiful, but are never perfect.

Love,

Abigail ❤

P.S. I know this chapter was a mess of words and topics.  Sorry about that.  I hope you still enjoyed it! 🙂

3 thoughts on “music, bravery, and perfection

  1. This is so good! I love this so much! I started a blog once and I think I’m logged into it right now haha but I kind of lost interest in it. I thought people wouldn’t appreciate it and I just kind of gave up on it. But reading this and your other posts have inspired me to get back into it. So thank you!! You write so beautifully about such relevant things and I absolutely loved it! I can see your soul really IS on fire.
    About today’s post-
    I love how you’ve implied that we’re on this journey of realizing beauty in our everyday lives TOGETHER. I remember my grandma once said that through out your day, look for little treasures like little flowers you can pick so at the end of the day, you can look back and admire this beautiful bouquet of treasures God laid out for you that day. Something cute to think abkout:)
    I really really really enjoyed this and keep at it! Your great!! -Mackenzie Shaffer

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