It’s not difficult to see what most people are captivated by. Intelligence. Bright lights. Wit. The newest technology. Music. The seductive temptress with sultry eyes. The speaker with a silver tongue. The model bouncing down the runway in a thong. The Oscars and the Award Shows with all their glitter and gowns. “Clearance” and “Sale” signs.
This world is full of eye candy to draw your attention and captivate your mind. We find ourselves singing along to music that have words we would never choose to say normally.
“Don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like me, don’t you wish your girlfriend was a freak like me.” Remember singing to that one? Or how about this one, “I want your sex.” I don’t know about you, but those are not things I would normally say. And yet singing them is easy.
I sang in a cover band for 10 years. Singing songs about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The oldies, like ZZTop’s “Tush”. Great song, I love the melody, but the words just don’t hit home for me. I am not the type of person to go looking for some booty. I’m married, I’m a mother, and I’m not a partying, booty seeking kind of person. Yet, I sang it. For many years. It was especially easy to do when I was all jacked up by the crowd. The alcohol helped loosen me up and I would just go with the flow of the music. I was making people happy. That made me happy. Except I wasn’t being myself.
I’ve promised God that if I’m able to get back on stage it will be for His purpose. I’ll sing for Him, like I always have. Although, I’m done singing songs about things I couldn’t care less about. I want to sing for my Lord and Savior. Use my gift for His glorification, not my own. I want to sing to the One who gave me my voice. Right now, silence is golden. It seems every time I break that silence, I get myself into trouble.
Evil is definitely captivating. The shock, and the awe. It draws us in and warps our minds. What’s seen can’t be unseen. What’s said can’t be unsaid. What’s heard can’t be unheard. So, how do we navigate through this world of captivating evil? Give it to God! That’s it.
Set your minds on things above. For me to get where I am today, all of the clamor had to go away. Everyone who was distracting to my growth had to be gone. I needed silence. To pray. To seek Him. To read my Bible and learn what God truly wants from me. It took a serious change in scenery, and a whole new life to draw me away from the captivating “rockstar” life I was trying on for size.
Now I find myself captivated by my Bible research, and books I haven’t read yet. I’m captivated by hearing my kids sing, and their creative art projects, and their scientific studies from school.
More than anything I’m captivated by the love that Jesus gives us every day, whether we feel worthy, ashamed, or like we don’t deserve it. I’m captivated by how love covers a multitude of sins, and how we can continuously fall short, and turn our backs on Him, and follow our fleshly desires, and yet He never leaves us or forsakes us.
I’m captivated by the beauty of this world. The critters and creatures scurrying around communicating with their little sqeeks and sounds. The clouds and how they form. The trees in all their glory, whether green, orange, purple or brown. The satisfaction in a job well done. The gathering together with delicious food and great company. The quiet chirping bird by his lonesome is more captivating to me now than the circus of the world. The sound of the doves outside the window sending love from above. These simple things in life captivate me.
What captivates you? Leave me comment with your thoughts.
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