Matthew West: I don’t want to spend asking

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I don’t want to spend my whole life asking
What if I had given everything
Instead of going through the motions?

Singer songwriter Matthew West writes:

I don’t always feel it. Sometimes my faith seems stale. Numb. Sometimes I pray, but I don’t feel connected. I sing, but my song sounds empty. I write, but my words sound cliché. I ask God questions, but I don’t hear answers. I could try to act like I am always so spiritually refreshed and thriving in my relationship with God. But that wouldn’t be honest. That wouldn’t be me.

Does your faith journey ever have these desert seasons? I think one of the greatest challenges in actively living out a relationship with Christ on earth is to avoid the trap of simply going through the motions. I know what a “Christian” should say. I know how to act. I know how to put up a spiritual front, even if I’m not passionately seeking God.

That’s why I wrote this song. I was frustrated and tired of that constant settling for a stale faith. God is a God of passion. His true plan for our lives is anything but boring. Every day, the God of adventure beckons his sons and daughters to quit going through the motions and walk into a life filled with passion and wonder.

The last line of the chorus strikes me every time I sing it:

I don’t want to spend my whole life asking
What if I had given everything
Instead of going through the motions?

My surgery and silence really brought this song to life for me. Trials force movement. Pain makes you feel. I’m thankful for the difficult time I had to go through, because God used it to remind me that going through the motions is not really living.

The lyrics:

The Motions
Matthew West, Sam Mizell and Jason Houser

This might hurt
It’s not safe
But I know that I’ve gotta make a change
I don’t care
If I break
At least I’ll be feeling something
‘Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of life

I don’t want to go through the motions
I don’t want to go one more day
Without Your all consuming
Passion inside of me
I don’t want to spend my whole life asking
What if I had given everything
Instead of going through the motions?

No regrets
Not this time
I’m going to let my heart defeat my mind
Let Your love
Make me whole
I think I’m finally feeling something
‘Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of this life

 

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