Raw, Real, Rugged

A few days ago I wrote about performing live at a charity event. My husband, armed with his amazingly, technologically advanced iPhone 6s 😏 kindly recorded me. I feel compelled to share the performance with you, not because it was perfect but because it wasn’t. It had been a long time since I’d played for an audience, so I was nervous, and the first few notes on the first song were a bit flat. I fractured my left pinkie finger two days before, so I couldn’t play the songs like I wanted to play them (my fellow guitar players will understand this pain). I chose two songs that are quite different for me to sing. One of the songs, “Farther Along,” has a TON of words in the verses strung together, and I swear I practiced it a hundred times, knew all the words, but my brain still blipped and forgot a line for a brief moment. 🤦🏼‍♀️ My nerves rushed the first song, “Anxious.” It was a new venue and sound system to me, so my excitement that makes me louder on some parts is not very smooth. I could go on about the flaws, but they aren’t the point.

Too often in our world of perfectionism, we think that if we mess up, we are failures, and that just isn’t true. We especially tend to think this when it comes to our faith walk. God never intended for us to become perfect in the sense that we never make mistakes. Biblical perfection, as it is applied to God’s people, means to become mature and complete, not lacking anything. It means we are settled in who we are in Christ and need nothing else to make us whole because we are whole in Him. When we realize that kind of perfection in our lives, we will be free to live out the raw, real, and rugged faith to which God has called us. Faith is gritty, and life is tough. We will mess up along the way, but we have a Heavenly Father who loves us no matter what. Isn’t that awesome?!

So here are the raw, real, and rugged songs I sang most recently. I figured I should live what I preach by showing up, being seen, and putting my endearingly awkward artistry out there for the world to see, not because it’s great by the world’s standards, but because these songs speak to me, and I hope they will speak to you too!

“Anxious” by Sarah Reeves
“Farther Along” by Josh Garrels

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