Giving up control
We often equate our value with our behavior. And for many, this is our main motivation for making those new year's resolutions; we want people to like us, and if we can just fix those things - our appearance, our habits, or attitude, then we can be accepted.
It's one of the reasons I've been drawn to the new Tenth Avenue North song, "Control (Somehow You Want Me)" because it goes counter to what culture teaches us. "If we just grit our teeth and try a little bit harder, then we can achieve anything we want." But what if it's just the opposite? What if God is saying, just surrender and give it to me? I love you just the way you are!
Here are thoughts from Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North about this song:
“What if I told you God doesn’t need you, he wants you? What if I told you your loveliness for God doesn’t rise and fall with your usefulness? That’s tough for us because anybody that we interact with if we’re gut level honest, their loveliness is rising and falling with their usefulness. But for God, He’s the King of the universe and for Him to hang out with any of us He doesn’t climb up the social ladder, He’s climbing down it, always. So it comes as no great surprise when Jesus descends to earth, not only does He climb down the ladder to earth, He chases us all the way down to hell. He doesn’t do that because He needs you to be productive, He does that because He wants you, just you. Nothing you’re going to do for Him, nothing you going to achieve for Him just you.” – Mike Donehey (Tenth Avenue North)