Monday Motivation: No Pressure!

Hi guys!

I hope your weekend was excellent! Here in Ontario,Canada we celebrated Victoria Day which meant most people had Monday off. ( I was one of them 🙂 ) I took the opportunity to visit family and friends out-of-town. What a blessing it was to just unwind and regroup and spend time with some of the people who I love the most in this world!

I just have a quick post for you today. There is an artist by the name of Jonathan McReynolds that I stumbled across a few years back. He had a hit song called  “I Love You” that was so delicately played and sung, that I immediately was drawn to his ministry.  He is working on a new project and I came across one of his new songs called “No Pressure”. What a beautifully written song! The lyrics are as follows:

I, I can’t even turn on my phone
Without being reminded of the lie
That I am alone and broken, unsuccessful
I, I can’t always talk to my friends
‘Cause they’ve got expectations
That I may or may not be living up to
I really need to rid myself

Of the pressure, pressure, pressure
To be someone else that the world has made
Jesus take from me
All the pressure, pressure, pressure
To be someone that you did not create

Help me be me
And only see you
Let me decrease
And glorify you

I, I thought my intentions were good
Just act like a Christian should
And hope someone watching would approve
And be inspired
But you’re not feeling my show
Then how far could I go
Before all of my accomplishment
Go down in fire

Just cause of
Of the pressure, pressure, pressure
To be someone else that the church has made
Jesus take from me
All the pressure, pressure, pressure
To be someone that you did not create

I just wanna live
I just wanna live for you
Nobody else, but you

Often times, society places expectations on us to be what they deem socially acceptable and I find that as a Christian, the church places such pressure on you to be a model “citizen” of  Christendom . However, sometimes as we who follow  Christ do that, we end up not being genuine in our endeavors to serve Christ. That’s why I love the part of the song that says “…The pressure, pressure, pressure /To be someone else that the world has made /Jesus take from me /All the pressure, pressure, pressure /To be someone that you did not create…”

That’s my prayer this week! That God would take away all the pressure to live up to anyone’s expectations but His. In turn, my living up to His expectations, will serve as an example of what He requires of us. Remember what it says in Romans 12:2


New Living Translation
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

I hope this song blesses someone this week! God bless!

Jonathan McReynolds

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