“Go Hard”

There’s a concert coming up on January 10th, and a lot of my favorite artists will be there – including Lecrae! I’m so excited for it. So, I am posting this for some fun.

January 2012:

During my second year of law school, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, that God started my intense healing process. Around that time, He opened my eyes to all of the music I was listening to. I realized how much of it was degrading to women and depressing. I remember listening to one of my favorite songs at the time & the meaning behind it hit me. I was so disgusted I immediately deleted it from my iTunes & iPod. I couldn’t believed I missed it. I ended up deleting a lot of music over the next few days. If I believe what it means to be a Christian, why should I constantly fill my head with lies? It also hurts me to say that I had to stop listening to certain bands too. I didn’t realize how much their music depressed me. Now I’ll only listen to them once in a blue moon or if a song comes on the radio. Another disclaimer: not saying you shouldn’t listen to any of the above, or condemning those that do . . . I am just saying that I realized some of this music wasn’t helping me. It was hard for me to do because I had a long history with some of the music.

So, I said to God that I was fine with cutting out music that wasn’t good for me, but He had to help me replace it with good, not cheesy, stuff. Well little did I know how much music existed that had a great message behind it. I discovered Red (we played one of their songs during our wedding communion), Skillet, Reliant K, Hawk Nelson, and many others. I thought wow, Christian music is pretty good! I found myself wishing I could still listen to those songs that I’d dance to while cleaning my apartment or working out. Then I asked God to help me find good rap. Soon I stumbled across Lecrae. I darn near fell in love with his music. His music isn’t cheesy rap, it sounded like all of the music I used to listen to but without the bad stuff. I immediately downloaded a few songs & made myself a new CD. I remember playing it on the way to a Saturday night service at church & being so excited.

On my way home from work last night, I was listening to one of his older songs called “Go Hard.” Usually I just let music help me unwind. But not last night. His words in this song convicted me! It was like I was hearing them for the first time. He’s so passionate for God and I felt as though I did not measure up to what I was singing. Here are the lines that JUMPED at me:

“Lord kill me if I don’t preach the gospel I’m still in my twenties but I’ll die if I got to.

Can they tell you value Jesus by the way you rep His name?

Man what’s the point of livin’ if I’m livin’ for myself?

Lord empty out my life before I put you on the shelf,

Take me out the game coach I don’t want to play no more if I can’t give it all I got & leave it out there on the court.

Thank You for the grace for the will & the desire, got me livin’ for Your glory instead of livin’ to retire; but I pray I don’t get tired of going hard for Messiah

I don’t need no motivation You’re the reason I’m inspired.

So why can’t we, the redeemed of the Lord, act out what He said and make a scene for the Lord?”

My favorite line: “Scripture’s like a mirror, the truth is closer than it appears.”

I think sometimes people are afraid to trust in God because they’re afraid of what He might ask for them to give up. Obviously I understand that point. However, if God takes something away or you feel as though you should give something up, Rejoice! God will always give a replacement that’s SO much better for you.

Even if you’re not a fan of rap…please share this with someone who you know is into rap and know that you won’t have to worry about half naked women dancing around pimped out cars while everyone’s getting wasted . . .

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