I love music. I really do. It moves me. And when I'm exercising, I really need it to "move" me! Today I was at the gym doing my 40 minutes on the elliptical (which became 32 minutes because my Body Works class yesterday really kicked my butt and I am sore from head to toe) and I set my ipod to "shuffle" because 40 minutes on an elliptical seems like HOURS if you don't have an ipod. A song that I have really come to love that we sing at our church a lot is "Everything" by Tim Hughes (see video below). As the song came on my ipod I closed my eyes and just took in the words. My heart started beating out of my chest as the words were so simple, yet so powerful (or maybe it was because I was going faster and faster on the elliptical!). I opened my eyes and looked around at all of those people in that gym. From where I was I counted 76 people that I could see from that elliptical. "How many of them know Christ? How many know they are loved? How many of them feel like there is no hope? How many of them are lost? How many of them will worship Christ with me in eternity?" I was thinking these things as the words rang out, "Christ in me, Christ in me, Christ in me the Hope of Glory!!!" I wanted to scream the words out loud because I was certainly screaming them in my head. How great it is to be able to worship with other believers on Sundays at church and be able to sing these words...but in a gym on a Thursday afternoon while people are working out??? I'm sure I would get some strange looks and an escort to the nearest exit if I started shouting "Christ in me, the Hope of Glory!!!. So I prayed. I prayed for the people in that gym. Doesn't seem like much and maybe you don't believe that it would have any affect on their lives. But I can tell you that it affected me. I want God to help me see others...to love like He does. There is so much hate and bitterness out there (I have seen it a lot online lately...the blog world can be a nasty place sometimes!) Some people just need to be loved and to be shown compassion.
If Christ is in me, I should be able to love the way He does.
****And on a different note....THIS totally had me crying tears of joy today! SO HAPPY FOR YOU, MOLLY PIPER!!!!****
And here is the video of "Everything" by Tim Hughes...