About the bus. And kindness. And music. And how they all go together.

Let's talk some more about the bus.  Because, really, riding the bus is a pretty big part of my days nowadays.  I spend at least an hour and a half on the bus on my way to and from work each day - often more if I miss the 5:02 bus coming home because I can't there fast enough and then I have to wait 20 minutes for another bus...

Anyways,  I find that riding the bus is a great opportunity for kindness.  In small ways, I feel like I am able to make someone's day a tiny bit better.  By offering my seat to someone, by complimenting someone, by starting a conversation, by saying hi to a toddler in a stroller, by saying "no problem" instead of getting angry when someone loses their balance and stumbles into me, or simply by offering a smile to someone.  It's not much, but it's something.  It's not always my first inclination to be kind.  Sometimes I really want to sit down because my feet are killing me, but I try to remember to show some Love to people on the bus.

Another thing that I've been doing on the bus is spending that time in prayer and worship.  Thanks to two sermons I've heard recently about the importance of spending some serious time in prayer - instead of just praying all the time.  In the past few years, I've been pretty good about "praying without ceasing" - that is, living my life in constant conversation with God.  But I haven't been so good about spending intentional blocks of time in prayer.  I get too distracted.  I'm working on it though. 
But thanks to my iPod, I am able to listen to worship music on the bus.  With only one earbud in, of course, so I can still hear what's going on around me and be present there too.  For me, worshipping is essentially prayer.  Prayers that someone else has written in the form of a song, but they're often better than any prayer I can come up with.  They make me think, and that's always good. 

Today, Forever Reign came up when I had my ipod on shuffle.  

(Here it is, so you can watch it if you don't know the song.)

I was instantly transported back a few years to P&W back at NWC.  How I miss those Sunday Nights.
But those words:

You are good, You are good
When there’s nothing good in me
You are love, You are love
On display for all to see
You are light, You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope
You have covered all my sin
You are peace, You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy
You’re the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life
In You death has lost it’s sting
Oh I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign
You are more, You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord, You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here You are here
In Your presence I’m made whole
You are God, You are God
Of all else I’m letting go

They reminded me how GOOD God is!  He is soooo full of goodness.  More than I could even imagine.  I can't do it by myself.  I can't be good enough, kind enough, joyful enough, or peaceful enough.  I need to rely more completely on Him to be those things for me.  It was a good lesson to be reminded of. 

And that is why I listen to Christian music.