Thursday, May 24, 2007

Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose

I'm a big fan of Janis Joplin's Pearl album - there is something raw and magical about it. It has an intriguing timeless quality about it... that makes it essential listening today.

I spoke of it with Paul C recently when we were taking about worship bands. I want to hear a worship band that sounds as raw and as real as the Full Tilt Boogie Band sound fronted by JJ.

Anyway... was listening to the album today while working on a paper and a phrase stuck in my head from the track Me and Bobby McGee that says something like...
Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.
Reminded me of the words of Jesus in Matthew 10:39:
Whoever finds his life will lose it & whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What am I prepared to let go of... for my freedom? What do I hold onto... in some vain attempt to have a life? What am I prepared to give up?

These are the thoughts that run through my head... as I type on my iBook... as I listen to my iPods (yes... plural)... dressed in a Duffer tee. I believe I have come a long way from the consumerism of my past. I no longer covet in the way I did previously... and do believe I have enough. But is this enough?

Can I lay down my nets... as Peter and Andrew did when they were called (Matthew 4:18-20)... in order to follow Jesus? Can I give up my comfort and certainty... for a world of pain and uncertainty?

Food for thought! Something I will dig deeper into... for a meeting I am involved in at the Hamilton Salvation Army on the 3rd June.

In the meantime... I will continue to listen to Pearl and mourn the loss of one talented lass!

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