July 19th, 2018 — IGNITE

Have you ever had a song or a tune get stuck in your head? You know, it’s a tune you’re familiar with and after hearing it, you keep playing it over and over again for the rest of the day. You hum it… you whistle it… you even start singing it out loud.

Most of you will remember the old tune to the TV show, “Ponderosa.” Or how about, “Mission Impossible.” (Even now you’re singing it, aren’t you?) How about the words to “Gilligan's Island”? Or the “Flintstones”?

It doesn’t take much, does it? You can probably start singing your favorite song from the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s, not missing a beat or mixing up the words. Most of you can probably do the same thing with “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”

But if that’s true, it’s also true we don’t forget the bad stuff we’ve been through. We rehash it like it happened yesterday, though it was twenty years ago. We can tell the story of the injustice… the hardship… the loss with as much energy as we had when it happened. It’s easy for us to reiterate our life story to explain why we are, what we are, today. It’s like a tune stuck in our head. The tune isn’t always there, but given the right impetus, it immediately is ready for us to replay.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not interested in reruns. I’ve wasted enough time reliving my past, wondering how it happened… wondering what I’d be like today if those things didn’t happen… wondering why they happened… wondering about the things I would have done differently. But none of those things are going to happen, and so the tune just gets stuck in my head, and I sing it.

So, if you want to, you can join me today in making a change. I’m going to purposefully, intentionally, consciously sing a new song today. That’s right!  By the power of the Holy Spirit within me, I’m going to sing a new song. Not the old one I’ve known forever, that I’ve memorized. No, a new song. One that has never been sung before. One that will tell a different story. A story of hope and a future. A story of joy and strength. A story for today and tomorrow instead of the past. I’m praying that into existence today. Why? Because this is what I read in the Word…
“I will sing a new song to Thee, O God.” Psalm 144:9

Which makes me think that maybe my God would like to hear a different tune from the one I’ve been playing.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: What new song is just waiting to burst out of you? What new song, the one that has yet to be written, is just on the tip of your tongue, ready to be sung? Sing a new song today!

You’ve already put a new song in my heart. Help me sing it out today. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen