The journey...

Life is in the journey, not the destination, so do what you can and take it one day at a time. Go slow, do it right, and make your changes permanent — then help out others who are where you were.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Don't Waste Your Life Tour

On Thursday I went on a 24 hour vacation/road trip to Oklahoma City for the Don't Waste Your Life Tour featuring Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Sho Baraka, Flame and some guest appearances. It was seriously a great trip and so worth the 10 hours spent on the road in a 24 hour window.

So, I doubt anyone who reads my blog actually listens to Christian rap music (other than Audrey & Jacqui), however, these boys are great. With the exception of Flame, they have a group called the 116 Clique and it comes from the following passage:

Romans 1:16 (NIV)
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

They make their music ALL about the gospel, living for Jesus and taking a stand. It's seriously good stuff - the only rap I would listen to, because quite frankly that other stuff JUNK!

Me taking a nap during the LONG ride back home

Chris reading some of Martin Luther's writings.
Chris is a definate encourager and blessed my socks off

Me, Chris & Josh waiting in line (IT WAS CRAZY HOTT!!!)
Chris & Jacqui waiting in line (love this photo)
Sho Baraka - "the mountain in front may seem un-climbable/ but after his work on the cross it would seem irresponsible/ if we threw in the towel because of life's small obstacles/ yeah we know a GOD who makes the unlikely possible/ his phenomenal love and holiness aint optional/ so the world looks at us like were so illogical/ keep our face in the word to be a godly influence/ if you really want to know here's the reason why I do this"
Tedashii - "this a call to discipleship/losing your life/that's the call a disciple gets/daily/following the scriptures of God/getting intimate with intent as you listen to God/Da-Da-Daily"
Lecrae - "Mathew twenty-four and fourteen.We should read it twice before we think that life is just a battle see we free in christ!Look dawg! Life is more than church work and football!What if you were dead and seen that christians overlooked y'all!This is why we leave the couch and leave the comforts of our house to show a die'n world a God they'll probably never read about."
Josh loving the concert

One of the things that stuck out to me the most about these guys and I just loved it, but they stopped the show TWICE because these teens girls were all screaming and reaching out to touch them and stuff and the flat out addressed it by saying, "Look, we are nothing. We are up here to exalt Christ through our music - this isn't about 'us.' Some of you may just be here to be entertained, but I hope you hear the words we write in our songs."

I had to commend them for that because its so true and at the end of the night, they are ordinary Christians walking the walk of faith just like us - nothing to be exalted like people have made our "music icons" of the world out to be these days.

The other cool thing was Lecrae spent like 40 minutes of one on one time with my friend Josh encouraging him to stand strong and praying for him. Promised to be checking in on him and everything. These guys are humble, strong men of God who are warriors. LOVE IT!

Verse of the Day:

Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.


ValleyGirl said...

The post title really caught my eye ~ I have a book by John Piper called "Don't Waste Your Life" that is in my reading 'queue.' I wondered if there was a connection.

Sounds like a great time and a fun little holiday!! And it's great to hear there are performers out there really trying to spread the Word and openly seking to glorifying God.

WriterMarie said...

So glad you had a wonderful time...and Amen to all! :o)

Frosty said...

The example of these young musicians unbelievable! How many award shows have we watched and it seems the first "Thank you" is always God; but that is the only time they show reverance or praise to Him. My husband mentioned once that when they do that, it is almost as if they are mocking Christ & God.

Not these fellas you saw! THEY GIVE ALL GLORY TO GOD!! How amazing! They kept the event at its roots...centered in God. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

I'm so glad you had a great time - I love that the band stopped to say what they did!! Praise God!

Kristen said...

I don't listen to Christian rap, but I do listen to all other Christian music :) hehe. But I do think it is great they make Christian rap because I know there is a market for it and someone needs to fill it!! Glad you had fun!

Laretha said...

oh my...Jennifer loves some rap music and I don't think she even knows about these guys. Of course, she likes old school stuff...some MC Hammer, you know - old school - the good stuff...
ice,ice, baby....

Glad you had a good time.

Jacqui Jo said...

Hi ValleyGirl. I am Jacqui, Mesha's roommate and travel buddy to the concert. I saw your comment about John Piper. I love John Piper and these guys use Piper's sermons throughout their tour/concert. Really good stuff. Hope you like the book and the Lord speaks to you through it. God bless you!