Talk about exciting! My husband and I were so looking forward to escaping and seeing TobyMac at this concert. It was the first time that either of us have been to one of his concerts and actually this trip was a gift for us, on so many levels. We’ve seen him play before but never a full on concert of just him and Diverse City. His opening acts were Hollyn, Colton Dixon and Britt Nicole. Hollyn was fantastic, the young girl is only 19 and was signed on with TobyMac a few years back but hasn’t toured until now because both her and Toby decided it was best for her to finish high school first. Talk about a great inspiration to young girls!
Speaking of young girls, my inner preteen came out when Britt Nicole walked on stage. She was so great at getting the audience pumped up in time for TobyMac and Diverse City. Before I knew it my hands were up in the air like I just did not care. Sorry for saying that cheesy line, I couldn’t help myself. (Have you seen seen the movie that I linked to?) In the past three years Britt Nicole has gotten married and has had two children, her oldest daughter, who is only three, was there with her standing at the edge of the stage dancing. You can tell Britt has a passion for encouraging young girls too, she made an extra effort to walk through the crowd to search out young girls around 12 and let them know that they were beautiful.
Before the concert began my husband and I took pictures of ourselves and frankly, I didn’t get many pictures during the actual concert. I did however think to grab a video for ya’ll to see. We had amazing seats! This was about the only time that everyone stood still long enough for me to get a good shot though. Let me tell you what, TobyMac can jump high! He kept jumping backwards and every time he did I would think to myself how much my kids would love playing with him. Is it horrible that my husband and I didn’t think of the kids much that night? Yes, they were still on our minds but it was soo nice to just get away and let loose with each other, without having to be a “good example”. My husband and I are kids at heart but when you are a parent you have a responsibly that can age you very quickly if you aren’t careful. We still need to set time aside for us, to remember who it is that we fell in love with. We’ve changed a lot over the years, it happens naturally as you age of course but then even being a parent, it changes you. All of a sudden we are having to tell a toddler not to do something that deep down inside we thought was hilarious but out of context can be very disrespectful. Setting time aside for us as a couple is how we are finding a balance between young and old.
TobyMac’s entire night was designed in a way that really lifted me up. Aside from being a mom there are so many ways that life can wear us down. He talked about true love and what it looks like. True love means giving every thing that you have, every ounce of you to the cause of someone else. Moms, we can relate. When our kids are infants they drain every ounce of our energy, we have to learn to be awake when we want to be asleep and to hold off on a shower because someone else’s needs must come before our own. Then, as our children grow up the responsibility that we have for them doesn’t go away but it changes format, eventually to just sitting by a phone and praying for their safety. Life can wear us down.
Now, as Christians, our safety seems to be fading. We can sense it. So, we are left with a choice. To love or to fear. The problem with fear is that it leads to hate – a non option for a sinner saved by grace. The problem with love is that it means giving everything you have over to someone else, even though they may not appreciate it. You see, I think that marriage and parenthood represents the love that Christ has for us. He knows that we are not going to always love him back. He knew that before He died on the cross for us. The difference between a christian and a non christian isn’t much of a difference at all. One chooses love. Aside from that, we are all just sinners who need to be reminded that we are loved and yes, that means that we need to love others, even as Christ loved us.
Monday Marriage Challenge:
Find time to be silly with your spouse
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