by Cliff Ravenscraft on September 20, 2005

in Blog

Browsing the web yesterday, I came across a video clip titled… “Me Church.” Please watch this video before reading on.
I just spent the last hour of my life writing one of the most revealing prayer journal entries that I've ever written. No… I'm not about to post it in full here on my blog. Many people have been emailing me and asking me why so much time passes between each of my posts recently. The reason is due to the fact that there is so much going on around me. Many of my thoughts about what these issues are not as encouraging as I would like them to be. So rather than bring you a discouraging post about my negative feelings, I figured it would be best to go to the Lord in prayer with those thoughts and so I have been spending a great amount of time typing into my Prayer Journal.
I will share with you that I've been hung up in a cycle of what I would call “me'ism.” There's the type of Me'ism in the church that is represented in teh video referenced above. I've witnessed oo many people who go to Church to be served. They expect the church to be flexible to fit their schedule. They expect the church to always offer things that are interesting and specifically designed to fulfill their desires. The Me Church idea is everywhere in North America and I believe that it is this attitude that makes the church seem so unatractive to the lost world around us. This is what the book, “Choose the Life,” is all about. I was literally shocked to find so many people not even willing to explore the idea of Choosing the Life. However, at the same time, I've been encouaged and inspired by the number of people who have not only been open to explore the idea, but have fully embraced the concept of true discipleship.
I believe that we all struggle with the concept of “Me-Church” to a certain degree, but we need to recognize it and constantly try to avoid such an attitude fo expecting the Church to exist for our purpose. However, there is another type of me'ism that I've been struggling with. It's the “being caught up in my own little world” where I find myself foucsed so much on my own issues that there is little energy left to consider what others around me are going through. God has used three songs to speak to me reagrding this “Me'istic” attitude.
I woke up at 4:15 this morning to a song on the radio. It was by Sawyer Brown and the title of the song was called “They Don't Understand.” The lyrics to this song really spoke to me and sparked a lot of thought that led to the rather long journal entry that I mentioned above. The song talks about those who are so caught up in their own situation, their own little world, that they seem to get judgemental of those around them without taking even a minute to understand what may be going on in their lives. I really encourage you to read the lyrics to this song
I was then reminded of how the lryics to the Tim McGraw'a song titled “Live Like You Were Dying” touched me when I heard that song for the first time at a Catalyst conference last year. This song has the same tone of encouragement as the Sawyer Brown song in that it encourages us to LIVE LIFE in spite of all the circumstances, focusing on loving others more deeply than we have ever loved before!
And finally, I have a new favorite song by a band named “Superchick.” The song is titled “We Live.” As of right now, you can listen to this FULL SONG for free by clicking this link. I really encourage you to read these lyrics and then listen to this song. It's very encouraging. Here are the lyrics:

Superchick – We Live
There's a cross on the side of the road
Where a mother lost a son
How could she know that the morning he left
Would be their last time she'd trade with him for a little more time
So she could say she loved him one more time
And hold him tight
But with life we never know
When we're coming up to the end of the road
So what do we do then
With tragedy around the bend?
We live we love
We forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
Today we remember to live and to love
We live we love
We forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
Today we remember to live and to love
There is a man who waits for the tests
To see if the cancer has spread yet
And now he asks, “So why did I wait to live till it was time to die?”
If I could have the time back how I'd live
Life is such a gift
So how does the story end?
Well this is your story and it all depends
So don't let it become true
Get out and do what we are meant to do
Waking up to another dark morning
People are mourning
The weather in life outside is storming
But what would it take for the clouds to break
For us to realize each day is a gift somehow, someway
So get our heads up out of the darkness
And spark this new mindset and start to live life cuz it ain't gone yet
And tragedy is a reminder to take off the blinders
And wake up and live the life we're supposed to take up
Moving forward with all our heads up cuz life is worth living
Chorus (to fade)

God has used this Me Church video and these three songs to help me see just how much I need to be concious of “me'ism.” I've been encouraged that in spite of the circumstances and issues I face in my life, I need to view each day as a gift from above and I need to Live and to Love. As for Church, I'm encouraged to seek to serve rather than to be served.
I hope this post will encourage others to do the same.

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