12 months. 52 weeks. 365 days. 8760 hours.
Or 525,600 minutes.
Seasons of Love isn’t the opening song in the stage show of Rent, but it is in the film. And it’s probably the best known song – so it’s a good place to start in our mini series of blogs about Rent.
Have a listen/watch here
I (MrsBlunders) absolutely love this song. If you happen to pull up next to me at set of traffic lights whilst it was on in my car, you might think I’m a bit crazy. I will be singing, I’ll probably be clapping and on occasion, I might be crying.
It’s a great song to provoke reflection. December 31st is often when people think about the year that’s passed and look forward to the next. But I don’t think it’s the only time during the year that we stop and look at our lives. Birthdays and anniversaries both mark a ‘new year’. Mr Blunders and I try to make a point of celebrating our wedding anniversary every year. Often we hear people say “but it’s just another day” and in some respects, they’re absolutely right. However, in a world where relationships are tough and divorce rates are high, we really encourage couples to celebrate! And to thank each other, for continuing to work at their relationship. And to think about how we have moved on together since the same time last year.
Perhaps we could ask the same question of our relationship with God? Has it moved on in the year? If you’re not a Christian…has anything of your attitude or opinion of God/Jesus/Christianity changed? Has anyone or anything challenged you to think more about faith and spirituality?
How do you measure a year?
In the money you brought home, nappies you changed, promotion you gained, things you bought, school runs you did, holidays you enjoyed, meals you cooked?
If, at the end of the year, you stop and look back – how do you measure your success? How do you know whether it’s been a good year?
Last night at work I was talking with a group of young people who live in one of the YMCA residential centres. I asked them, as the end of the year approaches, whether they can think of any really positive things that have happened to them this year. Initially the resounding response was ‘”no”. A lot of them described this year as the worst ever. And for some of them, I can well believe that. However, as we sat and chatted they began to think of positives that they could hold on to;
“My niece was born…I was really supported by my friends when my Mum kicked me out…I met my girlfriend…I had some good times with my mates…”
Turns out, that despite the bad year they might have had, the positives they could think of were all to do with people and relationships.
Measure your life in love.
The song itself hinges on this simple phrase – measure your life in love. What if you measured how good your year had been through the lens of love?
How have you loved? Who have you loved and did they know it?
Jesus said “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 NIV
Jesus willingly laid down his life for the whole world, it was never dependant on us doing anything. God could have made robots that automatically said “I love you God”, when ever he wanted us too, but that would never have been true love.
Love must be tested.
Love must be risked.
Love must be chosen.
As the musical enfolds we get glipses of each character risking their love and being loved in return (especially Roger & Mimi in their song; I should tell you). God opened himself up to the possibilty of people not choosing Him, in order that people could really choose to love Him.
Our prayer is that you have an opportunity in the coming weeks to reflect on your year, to look at your measure of “sucess” and to think about a God who truly loves you.
What if we measured our years by the knowledge that we are loved by our heavenly Father (John 3:16)? What if really knew that nothing we do can ever earn His love and that we are free to choose or reject Him?
Whatever you use to measure your year – we hope you find time to sing out and celebrate your year with friends and family!
Grace and peace,
Mr and Mrs Blunders
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