Searching For Summertime and Cussing
Can we be honest?
Life ain’t easy… (no kidding, right?) and especially when day after day, week after week, year after year, the time you have to do the things you really want to do seem to occur less and less than the things you don’t want to do.
Can you relate?
Work situations for both Renee and I have been tough lately.😖
It’s requiring more than we want to give and when we’re done, it feels like there’s nothing left for the dream.
I actually really blew it the other night at work, and in a moment of weakness, I 🤬cussed out a fellow co-worker when I was accused of something I didn’t do. It was the last in a string of things that had happened to push my buttons and I lost control and gave into my anger.
I’m pretty laid back, and in 99% of situations, I would never do that, but welcome to the 1%.
Not trying to diminish what I did; it was flat out wrong.
But I am not the old man; I am a new creature in Christ and I’m not ruled by that old thinking/responding/feeling way any longer. Thank God I got the opportunity to find him and apologize and he was very gracious to forgive me.🙏🏻
The state of mind we’re in over the long haul really determines the outcome of our lives.
In the Bible, Jesus would uncover people’s mindsets when He taught in parables; stories, anecdotes, poems, riddles…
So we recently released our song, Searching For Summertime, well, most all of our songs, are written using stories, metaphors, parables, etc.
We try to write lyrics that draw the listener in to seeing something about their lives that they wouldn’t normally see.
It’s so easy to let words and phrases run right past us because we think that we know what they mean…. “Another day another dollar’, “that’s great”, “all you can do is try”, “I love you”.
Jesus would speak in parables because for those who would actually listen, they’d get something from the parable on the surface but it would always leave them wanting more; asking questions like, “what did He mean by that?”🤔
But for those who didn’t really want to engage, they’d think that they understood the message and would move on because they’d say, “oh yeah, I already got that.”
It would weed people out.
The lyric for Searching For Summertime 🌞 was mostly written by a friend of ours named Bob Halligan who is a brilliant songwriter, with a few lines by us, but he perfectly captured the idea that Summertime is more than a season.
Summertime is a word that can represent, rest, joy, peace, recreation, relaxation and for anyone who believes in Jesus, these become words that represent heaven; more than just that place we go to after we die, if we’re saved.
The Kingdom of Heaven, the place where God resides, according to Jesus, is within us:
Luke 17:20-21 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
Summertime is a metaphor for the never-ending joy, rest, peace, relaxation that is ours in Christ.❤️ The problem is, we let the natural realm, our perception of reality, be the thing that influences us the most, when Jesus was saying that there’s another way, another state of mind that can take us into a place of constant joy, peace, etc.; His kingdom.
And it’s not a far away kingdom; it’s within us and it all happens by spending more time there, (in His word and presence) than we do here.
So go to the beach,☀️ pull out the chaise lounge, ⛱ soak up the Son❤️ and get your fill of peace, rest and joy and take a listen to Searching For Summertime.
And if you want to pick it up to add to your own music, you can go hear to purchase it: