Make every effort

I found this message by Francis Chan so helpful.

A beautiful reminder of who we are in Jesus with very practical steps to help us live that out.

I hope it encourages you.

Much Love
Matt

Take me to the ocean

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Take me to the ocean. Take me to that place where giants shake the earth. Where thunderous waves rise like mountains from the deep, relentless, effortless and strong.

Take me there and I will tell you who I am.

 I am small and weak, a mere man amidst giants. I am afraid, but fear will not control me.

It is there, staring up at towering walls of water, that I realise what matters most… I am here, now, in this moment. I am at the mercy of the ocean and it is no respecter of persons.

 I am not safe, secure or sane but I am alive.

Pipe, Supers, Magnas and Vic-bay. To some these are just names, places on a map. To others they are battlefields, sacred spaces where courage is forged, places where surfers are born.

I am new to the world of surfing. I’m not even sure that what I do can be called surfing. But I have known what it is to glide over the waters with nothing between you and the deep blue but fiberglass and foam. And there, heart beating in my chest, sea spray in my face, seemingly at one with the ancient sea, everything fades away and all that exists is the moment.

 Out there with the waves I am free.

Over the past week I have had the privilege of paddling out into what are arguably some of the best surf spots in South Africa. I have been battered and bruised and liberated by a power beyond my control. I have shared the water with dolphins and otters, been silenced by the rising sun on the distant horizon and floated at peace on the tides that come from places unknown.

In it all I have been convinced of a wonderful truth.

 We will not know the freedom of the ocean without leaving the waves_ireland_underwater_rileysfamiliarity of the shore.

What is your beach? What is your ocean? Face your fear, find your courage, get into the deep waters where you are far from safe but fully alive.

Much Love
Matt

Those who walk tall

There is a fire that burns in the heart of those known and deeply loved by one who has given a crown to the wretched and called them sacred.

Love calls us by a new name. In Him we are not what we once were. We are a new.

In a world of burdened souls, we are those who walk tall

If you know this love, may this song inspire you to greater depths of intimacy. This is eternal life, that we would know God and the one whom He sent into the world.

If hope is elusive under the weight of a broken world. May you find the courage to open the eyes of your heart and see the gift of life waiting for you in every moment.

May you rise from where you have fallen and live in the freedom to be found in redemption.

Much Love
Matt

Marrow and bone

Marrow and bone is a song I wrote a while ago with Jayson Buxton.

By following the link below you can listen to it and download it for free.

I share it simply to encourage you. As you consider any truth that it may convey may you be stirred to grow and empowered to live.

Above all may you find yourself profoundly aware of the Love of God for you in every moment.

Much Love
Matt

 

To be your love

This is a song I wrote a while ago with a friend of mine.

It speaks of a love that overcomes the darkness, wins the heart, and conquers death.

A powerful love, offered to all but only accepted by some.

For those who find courage enough to believe, it is an anchor in the storm of life, rooting us to a story far bigger than our own.

My prayer is that these words would strengthen the heart and silence fear. That we might set aside selfish ambition and feeble will and embrace the life to be found in surrender.

As we find ourselves in loves embrace, may it flow from our lives and push back the darkness.

Much Love
Matt

In stillness the light

I wanted to share my first attempt at recording a song with you.

If you like it, you can follow my sound cloud account that this link takes you to. You will then be notified every time I upload a new song.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.

Much Love
Matt