I wouldn’t say that I have kept a close pulse on the music scene over the last few years, but one person continues to impress me as a Christian artist–Colton Dixon. Colton Dixon’s music reflects a forgiven man seeking after God’s heart and I appreciate the transparency of his music. I’m grateful for his honest insight on falling down and getting back up, moving  forward, and pressing on. I also appreciate what he asks God after his elimination from American Idol–it’s on the video.

My last blog post on Bearing With Failure isn’t only about bearing with those who fail around us, it’s also about our own face plants. It asks us some hard questions. What will we do when we ourselves land on our faces and miss the mark? Does God’s presence surface in our moments of failure and then in the rippling consequences? I believe it does, He’s never failed me yet and I believe that He will never leave or forsake any one of us. I believe that His grace filled plan for our lives far outweighs all of our sin. God still had a plan for Moses after he sinned. God still had a plan for David after he sinned and God still had a plan for Peter and Paul after they sinned–that gives me real hope. Except for Jesus, the Bible is full of imperfect people. They show us that life doesn’t end after a sin failure–it creates an opportunity for us to look up from our darkest pit and scream out to Jesus. Only He can remake us just like the ones mentioned in the Bible. All we need to do, is ask Him to. His grace is sufficient for us and we need nothing else. Sounds so simple right? It is but somewhere we get stuck in our fear and insecurities–and that complicates things. May I share one more thing? We don’t need the approval of the media, our neighbors, our co-workers, strangers–or even those closest to us to give Him our lives and gain a new start. I believe once we do that, we will experience promised blessings. Yes, the struggles will still come but like me–you won’t be alone any longer. You’ll gain a best friend who will stick closer than a brother and a best friend who will pick you up, minister to you, and use you every step of the way to make a difference in this world.

“To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” Jude 24 & 25 (NIV)