I have been taking the “Let it Go” show on the road of late as part of the Identity Series.
Synopsis: In His presence… as I begin to let go of who I think I am, of the hurts and struggles of the past, of the sins of my father and the guilt and disappointments that have held captive my heart… I make room for the real me to emerge. Like Lazarus materializing from the tomb, once strangled by that deathly shroud of the old man, of my old ways, I come alive… I am reborn… to be the person I was always meant to be… the precious child God knew before I was born. Jer 1:5 “Before you were born I knew you…”
This is a process of healing that begins in worship and continues with the learned prayer practices of Letting Go… of casting not just my cares upon the Lord but everything that keeps me in that prison of false or misshapen identity.
The Closer I am to Him, the closer I am to myself… the closer I am to myself… the closer I am to Him.
Here’s a video of a live session from CBC, the Church family that helped us move to California back in 93.
My bit starts at 4:41.
Let It Go from Capo Beach Church on Vimeo.
November 8, 2015
We have lots of stories about inclusion but after watching this video you’ll wish ‘you could have been there’ for this one.
Imagine your life as a bottle of water… full to the brim.
But you want more… more of everything…
The thing is… there is no room for anything more. You are full up.
May I suggest you pour out a little of your ‘self’ from the bottle… and make room for something new and fresh to ‘drop in’.
We each have something priceless, a ‘thing we do’… that we take for granted, often unable to recognize its value or worth to others.
Some of us can create a gourmet meal out of bread crumbs and leftovers, or see the potential in an old ramshackle house and turn it into a mansion, or enter a pig stye and tidy and clean it as if it were our own, or sit, listen and stay with someone who needs to download their grief or the gripes, or keep a secret and rebuild broken trust, or hug and hold and carry a deeply wounded person, or just be there for that broken soul when all seems lost.
Most of these actions of love go unheralded. Rarely do leaders or public speakers applaud the many actions of unconditional love by ordinary folk on a day to day basis. There is no big story or answer… just lots of little conversations.
I don’t have too many of the qualities mentioned above… neither do I have an abundance of silver and gold… but I can sit and strum and sing for hours to someone who needs a little peace. And regarding this small thing… I am slowly learning that, in a way, it’s my contribution to the community around me.
In the quest for true identity I discover that I am loved for who I am, not what I do.. and that someone is for me, even more than I am myself… priceless.
Recorded live with Rhythm Gospel & Blues @ Cafe M, Long Beach, CA
If I have somebody in the band and I bounce something off them and can’t get anything back, then I know that I’ve got the wrong guy” Miles Davis
This is an insightful interview with drummer Jimmy Cobb about working with Miles Davis on the ‘Kind of Blue’ album… arguably the best Jazz album of all time. If not… it had to have been the most influential… at least to me anyway.