I watched the Disney movie 'High School Musical 2' with my children today. It was such a big hit for them when it came out in 2007. It was fun to watch my daughter revisit her childhood, as we sang the songs, did the dance moves and made comments about the storyline.
Then it came to my song, 'Bet on it' sang by Zac Efron's character Troy. This was and still is my favourite song in the movie. I really enjoy the way he expresses his frustration with his 'quirky' dance moves (you know those steps are special indeed lol).
The lyrics of the song tends to remind me of a place I have found myself at different stages of my life. The place I found myself in not so long ago. Being in a relationship I discovered was not what I thought it was. A relationship which God used to impact my life tremendously, one I can actually say was my saving grace.
But things changed and I found myself doubting who I was. My dependence had turned from God to man, and I could no longer hear or believe what God was instructing me to do because their voice was loudest. I didn't know what I was supposed to do or how to be. The most painful part of it all was realising how immature and ignorant I had been and how much I had strayed from the path I had been on with God.
When you face difficult and challenging situations, there seems to be a lot of noise around you. Making it hard for you to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying. This hardness of hearing could be you being stubborn as well as you believe you know and are aware of everything.
Lord, test me. Try me out. Look deep down into my heart and mind. (Psalms 26:2 AMPC)
We do not know everything and what we do know needs to be taken through the fire and tested.
For years I thought I needed other people's permission to do what I knew God was telling me. I lacked the confidence and faith needed to take the steps God wanted me to take when He told me to. Instead, I would let the advice of a man or woman impact me so heavily I would retreat and hide from my destiny.
Still, I am grateful because God is merciful. I received His mercy and grace toward me by taking responsibility for my decisions and actions and repenting before God.
"Lord, you are forgiving and good. You are full of love for all who call out to you. Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry for mercy. When I’m in trouble, I will call out to you. And you will answer me.
Lord, there’s no one like you among the gods. No one can do what you do. Lord, all the nations you have made will come and worship you. They will bring glory to you. You are great. You do wonderful things. You alone are God.
Lord, teach me how you want me to live. Do this so that I will depend on you, my faithful God. Give me a heart that doesn’t want anything more than to worship you."
(Psalms 86: 5 - 11 AMPC)
It is a great song and when your heart is postured before God He will minister to you using whatever and whomever He chooses. I am not going to make it all spiritual and stuff but I am encouraged by this song to never stop pursuing my life in Christ and seeking more of God. The only time I don't want to be recognised is when others look at me and all they see is Jesus.
It is worth losing everything to find Jesus for in Him is everything you could ever want, need, desire, imagine or comprehend in your mind, this life and beyond - YOU CAN BET ON HIM!
Watch the video or read the lyrics below, do you want to turn your life around? Who will you bet on?
If you feel:
overwhelmed by too many voices,
have lost your way and need to start again,
feel alone and isolated from family and friends,
unsure of which way to go
scared, heartbroken, afraid or hopeless
uncertain about your future
It is time for you to meet and sit with Jesus. Every answer you seek is in Him.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)
Don't give up you can bet on God to make a way for you. God is always speaking to us if we would sit still and listen to what He wants to say. We do not always need to get other people's opinions. His Word and direction should be enough for us and if He chooses to send someone our way, go back to Him in gratitude to confirm His will and His way.
There is nothing we go through that is new. It may just be new to us. Don't give up, you will get through.
Bet on It - Zac Efron (Disney's High School Musical 2)
Everybody's always talkin' at me Everybody's tryin' to get in my head I wanna listen to my own heart talkin' I need to count on myself instead Lose yourself to get what you want (Did you ever) Get on a ride and wanna get off (Did you ever) Push away the ones you should've held close Did you ever let go? Did you ever not know? I'm not gonna stop, that's who I am I'll give it all I got, that is my plan When I find what I lost You know you can Bet on it, bet on it Bet on it, bet on it (Bet on me) I wanna make it right, that is the way To turn my life around, today is the day Am I the type of guy who means what I say? Bet on it, bet on it Bet on it, bet on it
How will I know if there's a path worth taking? Should I question every move I make? The thought of lost my heart and it's breakin' I don't wanna make the same mistake Doubt your dream will ever come true (Did you ever) Blame the world, but never blame you (I will never) Try to live a lie again I don't wanna win this game if I can't play it my way I'm not gonna stop, that's who I am (Who I am) I'll give it all I got, that is my plan (That's my plan) When I find what I lost You know you can (You know you can) Bet on it, bet on it Bet on it, bet on it (Bet on me) I wanna make it right, that is the way To turn my life around, today is the day Am I the type of guy who means what I say? Bet on it, bet on it Bet on it, bet on it Oh, hold up Give me room to think Bring it on down Gotta work on my swing Gotta do my own thing Oh, hold up It's no good at all To see yourself and not recognize your face Out on my own, it's such a scary place, ooh The answers are all inside of me All I gotta do is believe I'm not gonna stop Not gonna stop 'til I get my shot That's who I am, that is my plan Will I end up on top? You can bet on it, bet on it Bet on it, bet on it You can bet on it, bet on it Bet on it, bet on it (Bet on me) I wanna make it right, that is the way To turn my life around, today is the day Am I the type of guy who means what I say? Bet on it, bet on it Bet on it, bet on it (You can bet on me)