24 Voices, with 24 Hearts
Anyway, of course my birthday calls for a reflective blog about the last year and the coming year... Some of you know that last year I decided my theme song was (appropriately) "23" by Jimmy Eat World. I made the lyrics Amazing still it seems/ I'll be 23/ I won't always love what I'll never have/ I won't always live in my regret. My goal for the year was to become content with my life, and... it actually happened! I'll have to attribute that to God, but I love my life and my job(s) and my friends and even living at home.
By the end of the year, though, another quote from that song started knocking around in my head. You'll sit alone forever/ if you wait for the right time/ what are you hoping for? I thought of these lines mostly because I was almost 24 and people were starting to ask questions about what I'm going to do long-term and when I'm going to start working on getting married, etc. Well, after a brief but violent internal crisis, I realized that (duh) God has placed me in a really good place right now, and I can trust God to continue to throw me in the right direction. All I have to do is be open to the opportunities.
Which brings me to my new song for the year, "Twenty-four" by Switchfoot. I'm so uncreative. But I really like the song and think it is appropriate. I have so many different things that I want to do in my life (and in the next few years), and there's a temptation to become really scattered and try to chase after different things I want. But as I said, I think God is leading me into new possibilities and I'm going along as God knits them together. I think this is going to be a really good year!
You're raising these 24 voices
with 24 hearts
and all of my symphonies in 24 parts
but I want to be one today
centered and true
I'm singing "spirit take me up in arms with you"