daily devotional

Now you know you’re listening to a totally unique podcast when the devotional was inspired by a song by Maclamore. Yes, the rapper. No, it’s not Christian music and yet here I am as a lover of Jesus who knows every word to many of his songs. And let’s take it a step further, his song Glorious is my morning alarm. Yes, I wake up to Glorious by Maclamore every morning.

Last September we hosted a BIG Life Legacy Retreat in Oklahoma. We gathered to honor the life of our Catina, a leader here in Big Life who showed us all so darn well how to live. At that retreat we went out with a bang, decked out in tutus in the middle of the woods, creating a flash mob dance video. Yes, grown women with the average age of 40 and what song did we choose? Indeed Maclamore’s Glorious. At the end of the flash mob we have one huge epic paint fight standing in the river. Over 100 women were drenched in hot pink, turquoise and purple paint, shouting out the words “I feel glorious, glorious” … and we did.

Now, on a side note, you should know the video of this epicness that we call “Trash the Tutu” is being released today. The long awaited premier is TODAY at 3 pm CST featured on the official BIG Life page on FaceBook. Just a bunch of women who love Jesus showing off our gangster moves and ending up covered in paint … yes, it’s worth the watch.

Since hearing that song the first time, I knew it had to be a BIG Life theme song, I just never imagined I would also get to write a devotional around it. But why wouldn’t we. Listen to these words …

Another morning, a morning, don’t let self get in my way
I got my breath, I got my faith and I remember why I came
I feel glorious, glorious
Got a chance to start again
I was born for this, born for this
It’s who I am, how could I forget?
I made it through the darkest part of the night
And now I see the sunrise
Now I feel glorious, glorious
I feel glorious, glorious

Isaiah 60:1 – “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.

Another morning, a morning, don’t let self get in my way.
Another morning is exactly what you and I have been given here. A morning where the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Now that is glorious!!!!! Another morning to not let self get in the way. Oh please tell me I’m not the only one who totally gets in the way of my own self on most days. I talk myself out of doing the things I know I should do. And I convince myself someway or another I’m unworthy of the good stuff in life and incapable of doing the hard stuff in life. Are you in your own way?

God has this great big beautiful life available for each of us and he specifically made us and equipped us with everything we would need to step into our full purpose, and we just get in our own way. How are you in your own way? Is it your negative thoughts about yourself? Ahhhh, yes for most of us it’s all in our head. We convince ourselves for some reason we can’t. We tear ourselves down then tear ourselves into pieces with our self hate and loathing, all while the creator must be tortured watching his masterpiece be torn apart.

Don’t you know YOU are his greatest masterpiece. You are his beloved creation. You’ve got to stop tearing yourself down. You’ve got to get out of your own way. How many times are we blocking our own blessings and breakthroughs by allowing fear and anger, procrastination and negative thoughts to get in the way. We grow weary and give up when it doesn’t happen fast enough for us. But the truth is, your journey may take a long time, but the time is going to pass one way or another. The time can pass as you get better and live up to your God given potential, or it can pass as you loose yourself a little more every day and sink deeper into that hole.

You have yourself another morning here my sister, don’t let self get in your way.
You’ve got your breath, you’ve got your faith, now remember why you came.

Why are you here? You’re here to live. Are you? I mean truly … are you living? This isn’t a dress rehearsal. This isn’t practice. This is game time, the real deal, the only life you get and girl you better not be standing on the sidelines watching everyone else play while your life passes you by.

With the rising of the sun this morning you’ve been given a chance to start again. You made it through the darkest part of the night and now you see the sunrise. You can feel glorious. Oh yes you can because the glory of the Almighty is shining on you. You haven’t been forgotten. He hasn’t given up on you or left you behind. Your untapped potential to fulfill your purpose is still in you and today is another chance to rise up and live as the woman you were created to be.

And you know what it will be … it will be glorious!