This isn’t everything you are

I recently purchased the new snow patrol album –

I quickly fell in love with the song – This Isn’t Everything You Are – Now, I am 99.9% certain that Snow Patrol was not writing this song thinking of pastors and their struggles with identity. I am still absolutely amazed at how God speaks through this!

Here’s a link to the song –

What strikes me about the song though is the chorus –

Here’s the lyrics –

And in one little moment
It all implodes
This isn’t everything you are
Breathe deeply in the silence
No sudden moves
This isn’t everything you are
Just take the hand that’s offered
And hold on tight
This isn’t everything you are

There’s joy not far from here, right
I know there is
This isn’t everything you are

Crazy as it sounds I think this message could be a message straight to many pastors hearts today!

& In one moment it all implodes – We all know what that feels like, we know the pain in the valley but we also know that our identity is not found in our ministry, in our title, in how many pats on the back we receive or how many speaking engagements we get each year.  Our identity is found in our son-ship with our King.  Yet there is always a temptation to make our job “everything we are!”

This isn’t everything you are – The crises you are walking through does not define you.  Your past struggles do not define you.  Your attendance last week, your offering last week does not define you.  This isn’t everything you are!

Breathe deeply in the silence
No sudden moves
This isn’t everything you are – I am learning that during struggles my tendency is to do two things.  The first is to plan and the second is to hurry.  I want to make a plan quickly, I am competent leader with years of experience I believe I can fix this on my own.  So I sit down I make a plan and I get after it!  Often times sadly, I don’t even slow down enough to ask God where I should go.  The second thing I do, is hurry to get out of the valley I am walking in.  Instead of discovering what God has for me in the valley, I want to quickly get out the grappling hook and I want to claw and fight my way out by my own strength.   A friend recently very prophetically told me, “Ben I think what you believe will kill you, will actually bring you life.”  There is good in the valley we just need to walk with our father to discover it.  When everything implodes, when things are tough, when our tendency is sudden moves, what if we breathed deep in the silence  and waited on God to speak, to work and to move in our lives?  What if our identity was so wrapped up in Him that he simply did not move until he said, Go.

Just take the hand that’s offered
And hold on tight
This isn’t everything you are – The Psalms are full of David crying out for Gods hand in the midst of struggle.  They are filled with requests for God to be his strength.   I think there are so many times when God won’t be strong in me, until I make myself weak.  “His power is perfected in our weakness!” Unfortunately, weakness is not a class we take at bible college, we are taught to be competent leaders not mold-able disciples.  Sometimes the valley is all about faith, just take the Lords hand, say, “I trust you dad” and hold on tight and allow him to take you where you need to go.

There’s joy not far from here, right
I know there is
This isn’t everything you are – As we hold on tight we realize God is shaping us, he changing our hearts, our character and our identity.  Then we begin to discover joy in the valley, the joy of knowing that our identity is not wrapped up in statistics or struggles, but it is found in our Father.  Sometimes I think I pastor to be successful instead of simply because I want to walk with, love and follow my father!  If you are walking through struggles, if you are deep in the valley and can’t see the light, what if the thing you fear, the thing you think might kill you ….. what if that is what will actually give you life?

What about you?  Where are you tempted to take shortcuts in the valley?  Where are you tempted to believe this is everything you are?

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2 thoughts on “This isn’t everything you are

  1. Brian says:

    hey Ben, really enjoyed this. A great reminder for us doing ministry!

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