Tuesday, April 03, 2007

My Signs Would Say, “Completely Self-Centered” and “Trying to Put Others First”

One of my favorite new songs is “I’m Not Who I Was” by Brandon Heath. In the song, Heath describes finding an old picture of someone whom he’s had some type of falling out with. Upon seeing the picture, he is reminded of the anger and bitterness this relationship left him with. However, he comes to the realization that he is no longer the same person that he was and he has forgiven his old friend. Heath wishes this person from his past could see the person that he has become. The song’s message is beautifully summarized in this verse, “Well, the thing I find most amazing in amazing grace is the chance to give it out. Maybe that's what love is all about.”

In the video for this song, which you can watch below, a variety of people are pictured holding up signs. In the first picture of each person the sign they hold describes the kind of person they used to be. The second picture shows the same person with a sign describing the new person they have become in Christ.

This video made me think about what my “Before and After” signs would say. What about yours? As we approach Easter Sunday, what a perfect time to reflect upon how Jesus has changed us individually and how he has changed the whole world with his redeeming love.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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