Monday, March 3, 2014

Good Evening Ladies And Gentlemen, And Welcome To Life

I believe that the Lord wants us to be happy here on earth. I'm not speaking of the temporary happiness one feels after one buys something. I talking true happiness, found only by doing the will of God. After all, when we are not doing the will of God, our inner self tells us that we are missing something. The new stuff we just bought isn't making us happy any more.

Why do I think God wants us to be happy? First of all, we are told as much in the Bible. According to John 14:1 'Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me'; and John 16:24 'Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.' There are at least 45 verses in the Bible, spanning both the Old Testament and the New Testament, that indicate God does want us to be happy.

In addition to expressly being told, all one has to do is to look around. Look at the beauty and wonder of nature. The fields of flowers in the spring. The grace of birds as they fly. The elegance of natural vistas such as the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Alps. The awesome stunning power and majesty of the ocean. Whenever I see things such as these, my breath is taken away in wonder. 

We also have animals, most frequently as pets. One can see the joy and silliness of animals in videos on television or on the internet. Anyone that has a pet can attest to some of their antics that make us break up and laugh aloud. For example, we used to have a tabby cat that was a natural born hunter; in addition, he was the craziest animal that I think I have ever seen. When he was a kitten, his ears were overly large; as a consequence, he would routinely get cat food on his ears while eating. In addition, one of our visitors was walking around with his shoe laces untied. The cat, a natural hunter, was tracking and pouncing on the shoe laces, unbeknownst to the visitor. Every day this cat made us laugh. God's sense of humor writ large.

With all of these visible signs, I cannot believe that God wants us to be sad. And, Matt Maher has written a song expressing the joy that God wants us to have, found in loving and worshiping him. The song is a live recording, and starts with the message 'Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to life.' It proceeds with a carnival like introduction, then breaks into the primary message of the song - we are under the glorious Son, we are the image of the lamb of God. We are called to love one another. Welcome to life. Enjoy today. Have a listen to the song 'Welcome To Life'.

The album can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.