I would not be the person I am today without other people.
For example, my music tastes. I can thank Alyssa Mitchell and Frank Telesca for the music person I am today. Not for the musician I am, but where most of my music taste comes from. At the end of 7th grade, Alyssa introduced my to Underoath and gave me a list of songs I should know because it’s what all my older friends listened to. The first song I listened to was “When the Sun Sleeps” by Underoath, and I honestly hated it. There was no vocal integrity, no musicality whatsoever. But because I wanted to be able to talk to my friends about their musical tastes, I put aside my feelings on the matter and listened anyway.
In 9th grade, I met Frankie. And he introduced more music into my life, and continues to do so even now. To this day I have never met a single person with more music on their iPod than he did. It’s nuts. He showed me my favorite bands, my favorite songs, and my favorite genres. I was shown every edge of the music world because I met him.
Of course there were so many others that have helped me in my musical journey through life. My dad, Austin, Michelle Buzz and Michelle Patton…the list goes on and on! But I wanted to thank those who began my journey.
I’ve always loved music. But I didn’t fully understand music and love every single kind of music until I met Alyssa and Frank. So, thanks guys.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:1-6 ESV)
I’ve been reminded all day that God is in control of my life. Sitting and chatting with a friend, he told me about this text and how beautiful it was. I am blasted away. So many times has this Psalm been used in sermons and teachings that I’ve become numb to what it actually means. “The Lord is my SHEPHERD! And I. Shall. Not. Want.” He is everything and I am nothing. Without Him, I am purposeless. Without Him, I am just a bit of dust on the ground. The passion and beauty in that first verse is immeasurable. David, crying out to whoever would listen, “I am walking through the valley of evil! Death follows wherever I turn! But I will NOT fear! Because my God in Heaven, with His army of Angels, watches over me. His rod and staff are what comfort me! He is always there, my Good Shepherd.”
Funny, seems like I am saying the same thing with this post. We need to remember that we are not in control of our own lives. We are powerless, purposeless, lifeless without our Savior.
So forever more, I will repeat:
“The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.”