Thursday Quote Day: Dayton Moore

For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day”, here is a quote from Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore:

“Those three things can apply to each of us in our daily lives: get your priorities right, forgive every day, and don’t quit.” (Dayton Moore More than A Season)

Into The Flood Again: Thoughts on Alice in Chains “Would?”

Having lived through the 90s, my musical influence is shaped by the music of that decade.  That decade included of course Grunge music.  The center of Grunge music centered around Seattle & several bands that were the mainstay of that sound came from that city (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains).  Having lived in Seattle in the mid 2000s, I saw first hand the connection between that sound and the city & gave me a better appreciation for that sound.

One thing you can always count on with watching the Seattle Seahawks play is the bump music (music playing going to and out of commercial) or a highlights package will be a band connected with Seattle.  So after the Divisional Round game against the Carolina Panthers, there was a highlight package from the game.  The highlights were set to the song “Would?” by Alice in Chains.

It had been a while since I heard that song but after watching that highlight video I searched it out.  The chorus stuck out to me the more I heard it:

“Into the flood again
Same old trip it was back then
So I made a big mistake
Try to see it once my way”

Of course it got me to thinking (especially the second part of the chorus).  How often have I messed up and wanted people to see from my perspective?  Then turn it around, how often has someone else messed up and wanted me to see from their perspective?  Too often we forget grace when it comes to others who wrong us but when we wrong someone else we want that grace shown to us.
God has shown us grace and mercy to forgive us of our sins, of how we wronged Him.  How can we not then show that to others?
Is it easy to do?  No, it’s not easy but at the same time we have experienced it and know what it feels like.  We should be willing to share that with others so that they can experience it as well.
The song ends with the line “If I would, could you?”  Think on this, if someone would apologize, could you forgive them?  If you’re a Christian, hopefully the answer would be yes.  So as we go “into the flood again” that is life, let us have the response that shows mercy and grace to those around us.

Bastille and Rebuilding

Sometimes the most introspective thoughts can come out of the most random locations….

I write a weekly column for a website run by some friends.  They also have a weekly podcast that I have appeared on several times.  One of these times, there was a song played to open the show that got stuck in my head.  That song was “Pompeii” by Bastille.  It’s a very catchy tune.

The lyrics really got me to think, especially the bridge of the song.  The bridge goes like this:

Oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?

Makes you think doesn’t it?  When things are a mess in our lives regardless of the circumstances, it brings us to the point of reflection and introspection.  It also makes us assess where we are in the rubble.  Before any rebuilding can take place, we have to assess the damage.  Sometimes it can seem like a daunting task.  Where do we begin?  It is important to deal with our sins.  We need to confess them to God and ask for forgiveness.

There are those times when we’re in the rubble because of circumstances beyond our control.  Living in a fallen world, there are times when we are hurt when we do nothing wrong.  In those moments, we have to watch our hearts and not be tempted to get angry and want vengeance.  Forgiveness is paramount.

The rubble may look daunting but the awesome thing is that Jesus forgives us of our sins when we confess them.  He also is there to help us through the rubble and rebuild.  That is some encouraging stuff.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness, it’s an action that has a great number of benefits but is one of the hardest things to do.  To forgive someone who has wronged you or hurt you is not a normal reaction.  A normal reaction would be to seek retribution or even revenge.  To make the other person feel as bad (or even worse) than you feel.

Even those of us (myself included) who call ourselves Christians and seek to follow after Jesus struggle with forgiveness.  I know when I’m hurt by someone badly, I wrestle with wanting to forgive them.  If I’ve been hurt deeply, I been known to sometimes hold onto that hurt because I’m not ready to forgive the other person.  In reality, the only person that truly hurts is me.  I’m the only one that’s hurting.  The other person may or may not care how I’m feeling.  They may or may not be sorry for what they did.  But I can still forgive them, whether or not they accept it.

I think a great example of this is seen with Michael Vick, the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.  With the recent controversy regarding his teammate Riley Cooper and the comments Cooper made, Vick stood before the media and answered questions regarding his teammate.  In his response to the questions, Vick said that he forgave Cooper.  Vick understands the cost of forgiveness, given the journey his life has taken.  He knew that he had been forgiven and that in turn he should forgive others as well.

Jesus spoke on forgiveness to his disciples as they traveled along from to city to city.  One time, Peter came up to Jesus and asked him how many times he was to forgive someone who had sinned against him.  Peter even threw out a number (seven) as to how many times.  Jesus’ response was this “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:22).  The point Jesus was making was to not keep count how many times you forgive but that you forgive.  The point is to forgive.

Jesus died on the cross for my sins.  He forgave me for my sins because of what He did on the cross.  As a follower of Jesus, I’m called to forgive.  And if you are a follower of Jesus, that is what you are to do as well.  Is that easy?  No, but it is worth it.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Colossians 3:12-13)