31 days of living free: tune my heart

31 days of living free: tune my heart to sing your grace

I can now add “awesome-husband-who-will-write-for-me-on-a-deadline” on my list of things I’m thankful for today. On a crazy Monday where I burned the chili and spilled a drink all over our chair, his words were definitely what I needed to read. I think you’ll be encouraged by his guest post below, too.

Come thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace.

No matter how jaded I get on the Church or how frustrated I get with doctrine or how bored I become with reading my theology books, I never grow tired of meditating on the grace of God. On a God who recklessly pursues His creation. Who lowered himself from the highest place in the universe to become the servant of all. Who threw open the doors of the Kingdom and announced an invitation to all at the resurrection. And after all of that, a God who gives us freedom, who completely renews and cleanses us and creates in us hearts that are spotless now and forever. A God who extends grace without merit. Without cost. Without hesitation.

Recently, I found an old piano that needed a new home. So, I — with a whole lot of help from some friends — relocated it to the upstairs of a coffee shop where we have a weekly college service. The piano was beautiful and vintage and everything that I had hoped I would find when I first set out on my search. It was also woefully out of tune.

The thing about my out of tune piano was that it sounded okay to my untrained ears when it was playing by itself, but it couldn’t be played with any other instruments. It was tuned to itself, but it was useless as part of an ensemble. It worked okay, but it wasn’t quite right.

For 31 days, my wife has committed to blog about and, more importantly, live out this idea of “living free.” But before she could think about living free in the various spheres she occupies, she understood the importance of living free at heart. If our heart isn’t tuned properly, what hope do we have of being successful as we live out our call to love others in all areas of our life? If we haven’t oriented our heart toward Christ, how can we expect to show Christ to the world?

Trying to live out the radical call to love God and love others through our own strength will always leave us running on empty. We can go through motions and try our best, but we will find ourselves continually parched. We can tune our hearts toward ourselves and our own good intentions, but it will always be just a little off.

Living free at heart means tuning our hearts to God’s. The mystery of living free is that it only comes when we offer full surrender to the one who gives perfect freedom. Let our prayer be that we could continually tune our heart to sing God’s grace.

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This is the first of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here

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5 thoughts on “31 days of living free: tune my heart

  1. I love the concept, the challenge…the freedom…behind the idea of “living free.” But then you have to think, also, about where that leaves you. I believe in a God who is the same now as he has always been. That’s what the Bible teaches us. I do not believe in a God who “no longer” ______ for any reason other than the faith of his followers. This is nothing new, either, as I Samuel 3 begins with the words, “word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent.” We (some) modern Americans think we have this God in a nicely understood box. My God is not in this box!

    So if you seek after God with all of your heart – trust in the Lord – and lean not on your own understanding…does it really make sense to also expect your life to go on unchanged – or changed only in the “small,” “normal,” “accepted,” ways…the ways that fit inside that box? Is that our God who we commit to follow? I commit to the God of the Scriptures who gently leads and guides and prompts still today. I hold to his promise that if we acknowledge Him in all our ways, He will make our paths straight (Prov 3:5,6)…which I guess, based on the examples afforded in Scripture, means that “straight” does not equal “easy” or “normal.” In fact it usually means the opposite. So just a word of caution as we all commit to living free and offering “full surrender” this month. I’m living this challenge and quite frankly I’m scared of what “straight” will look like to all of those who hold to the God inside the box.

  2. I should have stressed earlier, Kayla, that I also see you as one who doesn’t hold God to any boxes. I see you as one who is fervently asking God to show you more of Himself…maybe a little wary of what that will all mean, but making the honest request nonetheless. (But I could be wrong…it’s been known to happen now and again.) I’m (extremely) thankful that those closest to me are outside-the-box thinkers — and I love the deeper level to that phrase!
    I’m off facebook but still seeking to learn and be challenged (those are opposites?) And I’m scared. But there’s no turning back now. I’m not scared of deeper revelation or commitment or relationship…but of facing the world of those who love boxes. (I’ve been surprised recently by some in this light.)…and I’m not sure how to do that yet.

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