I was standing in an arena full of people worshiping God on that last night of Hillsong Conference, August 5, 2016. It had been an impactful conference, full of amazing preachers and teachers, wonderful worship, and an overall Spirit-filled atmosphere. In fact, the whole trip with Elese and Brad, my cousins, was pretty awesome, from the Brooklyn apartment we were renting, to the barbeque restaurant across the street that we ate at every day, to exploring New York, and just the opportunity to fellowship and worship together in this unexplainable setting.
That evening was the closing of conference, and Hillsong United was leading worship. The Spirit was already moving, creating an atmosphere of praise and awe. Then they began to sing “Oceans”. I can remember the first time that I heard this song, riding in the back of my aunt and uncle’s SUV on our way home from my cousin saying yes to the dress. I was captivated by the song lyrics – the prayer that cried out for a faith and trust that extended beyond the borders created by humans. It quickly became one of my favorite songs, and it truly transformed my worship. Over the next few years, I sang it countless times, and it never failed to touch my soul. This time was no different.
Living life to the fullest...this is not a new concept or a new saying. But many people forget that full living is even an option. Full living doesn't mean that we pack everything we can into every waking moment. No, it means that we take what life has given us, and we transform it into something beautiful. We can get so caught up in all the little things, hurrying on to the next task, that we forget to live each moment to its fullest potential. It is so easy to do in this day and age when most everything is based on speed and convenience. Instant gratification. But does that gratification sustain? We begin to look for things and ways to make our lives gratifying. As we hurry from task to task, we can't simply enjoy what we are doing...we don't have the time! Have you ever finished a big project, maybe renovating a room in your house, or sewing a new outfit, or creating a new recipe? Whenyou are finished, you tend to relax and enjoy the moment, let it sink in that the task you've spent so much time on is now done. But if we are constantly rushing, we don't get to enjoy what we have had a hand in creating. Or think of it this way...You've just finished redoing that room, put the final touches in the decorations, now you want to invite others over. You want to share the new works you've created. This is what is in our nature. We want to enjoy life and share beautiful moments with others. And this is what God has called us to do!