Today, as I was playing around with the AMAZING grand piano in the Lake Ann Camp chapel I decided to try and figure out “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey. As I listened to the song to get a feel for the notes, I couldn’t help but think about the message it portrays: Just keep believing in… well, something, you know, that feeling, with all the streetlights and the people… as long as you don’t stop believing you’ll find what you’re looking for in the end… right?
Or wrong? Could it be that we are believing in a whole lot of things that won’t make us happy, and we refuse to stop because we just KNOW that if we hold onto that feeling we’ll find true happiness at the end? What if we were to sing “DO Stop Believing”? Stop believing in entertainment and relationships and dreams of stardom. Stop believing in people to never let you down and always lift you up. Stop believing in what’s here today and gone tomorrow. And start believing in something real, something eternal, a hope that will never disappoint. Start believing in the promise that evil men are ensnared in their own sin, but the righteous can sing and be happy (Proverbs 29:6) or the one that says that the lions may go hungry, but whoever seeks the Lord lacks no good thing (Psalm 34:10). Start believing that although people will sometimes let you down, God will hold you up and work everything together for your good (Romans 8:28). Start believing that there are eternal consequences for every choice you make, and let it show in the way that you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15-17).
There is a life full of purpose, joy, satisfaction and wonder. But you won’t find it in a smoky room or with the streetlights and the boulevards. You’ll find it in the Word of God, in doing God’s will and honoring him with every choice you make. And if you don’t stop believing in Him, you’ll reach the end of your race someday and find Him waiting for you with open arms. And that’s a feeling you’ll want to hold onto.