There’s No Place I’d Rather Be

This song has been on my heart, in my head and on repeat in the car… it’s so simple, but it really says what I am feeling right now… I want more, I want to be more on fire, I want to change the world, I want to love more, I want to give more, I want more of Him and less of me… and I don’t really want it to go any time soon… so it is a continual prayer over my life…

IMG_8284-0Set a fire down in my soul,
That I can’t contain, that I can’t control
I want more of you God
I want more of you God

There’s no place I would rather be,
There’s no place I would rather be
Than here in your love
Here in your love

Set a fire down in my soul,
That I can’t contain, that I can’t control
I want more of you God
I want more of you God

It was never the last time

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Tonight I am off to see John Farnham in concert with Lionel Richie.  Now before you start going on and on and on about John Farnham and his last time… that is exactly what I am about to talk about, so just stop, take a breath and calm your farm.

I feel like this is something that I have wanted to explain, tried to explain many many many times but usually get cut off, because no one really wants to hear it, no one cares that John Farnham’s ‘Last Time’ tour was in fact a Last time… it just wasn’t the way you all think.  The ‘Last Time’ Tour was the last tour John Farnham did that went Australia wide, regional cities included… and it really was.  Since the ‘Last Time’ I have been to a number of John Farnham concerts… but all of these have been right here in Melbourne… a capital city… and while he may have also done concerts in other states, he didn’t go to Bendigo or Geelong or any other regional cities… why? because he had finished doing that in his ‘Last Time’ tour…  It was the last time… he wasn’t trying to be misleading or annoying… or to become a never ending joke… he was actually doing his last full-scale national tour.  “The Last Time” was the title track of the album he released prior to the tour… and it is still something that he has kept his word on.  So stop asking… or even just commenting… it’s getting old!

Besides just as a side note ‘The Last Time’  was actually a song written and originally performed by Mick Jaggar… but you don’t see him coping the same flack…  despite the fact that he is still going and the song was released in the 1960s.

Anyway… I feel better now that I have let that out and said my piece… I am off to enjoy the concert in peace… and if needed refer any questions or smart comments right here.

Davey G

One of the things I love about Dave, is his musical talent – in fact it was because of this that we met.  But through no fault of his, (it’s actually all me, and my need to have a go and hang around generally being annoying) I don’t often get to hear him play. And while this is not the way I had planned to cross of ‘hear live music’ off the list, I am really glad that it turned out this way…

On Friday night I attended Dave’s school’s secondary performance dessert – their equivalent of the school concert… The performing arts teachers are also asked to perform, and Dave, coz he is a man of many musical talents, each year plays a different instrument… This year it was a chance for the soprano saxophone to shine… And with a theme of ‘that’s entertainment’ the ultimate combination of Kenny G and George Michael was born… And coz it is just too good not to share… Here it is…

Enjoy a little bit of Davey G…

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ SuperstarI’m not sure that if Jesus had started his ministry today I would have followed… and it worries me.  I would like to think I would, but I am just not sure… in fact I am a little worried I would have been just another Pharisee blinded by religion… Don’t get me wrong I haven’t changed my beliefs at all, I am still a Christian and that hasn’t changed, but a few weeks ago, when Dave and I saw Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar I was really challenged about how Jesus would appear, behave and move people if he had come now, rather than 2000 years ago and I actually found it really scary.

This particular version was a re-imagined or updated version of the musical, set now, and it was confronting.  The 12 disciples and Jesus were portrayed as working class revolutionaries… their slogan was ‘Follow the 12’ and the they looked almost like the ‘occupy movements’, they were different, radical and in some ways extreme.  The thing is I am a rule follower, a go with the flow kind of person, someone who does the right thing because that’s what you are supposed to do… even when breaking the rule won’t hurt anyone… it’s just the way I am wired.  I figure that rules are there for a reason, so I follow them, some people think that’s a bit boring and it probably is, but that’s ok… I like the order and clear boundaries it gives me.

Often when I watch the news, from my relatively comfortable position in life, I see things like the occupy protestors and understand their motives, but wonder if creating a tent city and fighting people is the best way to go… I often dismiss passionate protestors as crazy and go about my business with out much thought.  Now I don’t think Jesus would have been a law breaker… or fighter… most of the time, his teachings are about love for God and love for each other… but I can see why Llyod Webber has made this link… they are counter cultural, not letting the powers of the world dictate the way of the world.  Now in the musical, Jesus didn’t damage property or people, he was the same as I imagine in bible times, doing his father’s work where ever he went, changing lives, and healing the hurting, but he was peaceful.  But when I think about social movements of today, even great social movements like fair trade and anti-traffiking my response is at best underwhelming.  I am happy for these things to change, but I am not passionately seeking out ways to make it happen… just passively waiting for it to happen without me…  and it makes me wonder if it were Jesus, would I just ride him off as a loony?  Wait passively for the him to change the world around me? Or be annoyed because he was rocking the boat I was quite happy traveling in.

To be honest I am actually glad that I was born now rather than back when Jesus was around… and that even though I know Jesus is coming back, I already know and believe in him… and I would like to think that by his grace I would recognise him when he comes… I don’t have to um and ahh about whether or not he is the real deal because I already know that to be true… but it also challenges me to think about how Christlike my life actually is?  Am I still more of a Pharisee with my rules and regulations, or am I open to change when it is in love and equality… I don’t know… but it’s got me thinking.