“My biggest regret is my pride — my seemingly relentless focus on myself.” – David Platt
Everyone has regrets, but you always imagine that those regrets revolve around the mistakes that you think you made. Maybe you regret calling off your wedding. Maybe you wish you hadn’t married the person you chose. Maybe you want to quit your job and move to Bali, but you’re worried it’s the wrong choice.
Practice the Pause: Pause before Judging. Pause before Assuming. Pause before Accusing.
Pause whenever you’re about to react harshly
and you’ll avoid doing and saying things you’ll later regret.
Matthew West could’ve named his song “I Am a Child of the One True King.” Instead he wrapped the concept around those funky little “Hello my name is” name tags we get at a party. Something we all identify with.
Jesus does the same thing with parables. He wraps His concepts around the real life examples of those around Him. Here’s a couple of examples: Instead of saying “heaven’s excited about someone’s salvation,” He wraps it around one sheep lost out of 99. Instead of just saying “the last are equal to the first when it comes to heaven,” He tells the story of someone slaving in a field for one hour getting paid the same as one who slaves away all day.
Matthew West’s first verse could’ve just started with “My name is regret.” His second verse could’ve started with “My name is defeat.” But by adding one word to the beginning of both of those lines, he’s made it into a real life parable we can identify with: “Hello!”
Our songwriters reel you and others like you in with short lyrics and music. However, you can do the same. Are you setting the hook with your words?
Jesus, through parables, taught us to set the hook to reel them in, and when we give a friend a delightful little bit before before we tell a story to a friend, we’re setting the hook. Use your real life parables of memories, belief. shared experiences, and humor to connect your friend to the “One True King.”
by Sterling Tarrant