Stephanie Raquel  —  June 20, 2013 — 1 Comment

A few years ago, I had the privilege of seeing Matthew West live in concert.

Matthew West live in concert!

Matthew West live!  Photo credit: Steve Raquel (c) 2011

And then, actually meeting him in person a few months later!

The chance to meet Matthew West!

What struck me most about this inspiring artist is that not only is he a gifted and talented singer-songwriter, but that he has an incredible heart that moves people to action, not just to a beat!  He grew up not far from where I live and it was a privilege for my daughter and me to meet him.

His song, “The Motions” is a favorite of mine as well, and one we were challenged to consider this week as we examined Chapter 11 in our Proverbs 31 online bible study of Tracie Miles’ book, Stressed-Less Living.  This song truly resonates with me because more than two decades ago, on a Cru Summer Project in Hampton Beach, N.H., I was challenged to live above mediocrity and to really put my faith into action and live life with no regrets.  Easier said than done, sure, but somewhere on that beach over the course of nearly three months, I prayed and journaled and poured out my heart asking God to help me do just that.


At the end of Chapter 11 in Stressed-Less Living, (which I had the joy of teaching about!) Tracie asks us, “Have you really been filled with the Spirit, or have you just been playing a religious game of rituals and going through the motions?”

I don’t know about you, but I truly have no desire to just go through the motions.  As Matthew West says:

I don’t wanna go through the motions
I don’t wanna go one more day
Without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking
What if I had given everything?
Instead of going through the motions

I want to meet my maker eventually to hear him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Of course some days, that involves big decisions.  Like leaving my full-time job to become a full-time mom.  Or taking on a huge leadership role in our women’s ministry at church.

But most of the time, living my life with no regrets comes in the little things such as:

  • Taking time to dialogue with my teenage daughter when she sits down and says, “So.  Mom.  How’s life?”
  • Choosing to be intentional in my marriage and make myself available for quality, and quantity, time with my husband.
  • Praying with a friend facing difficulty — and not just giving her a pat, “I’ll pray for you” answer when she shares her heart.
  • Giving up a Saturday to help clean a rescue house for human trafficking victims
  • Sending that text, e-mail, card, or making the phone call when the Holy Spirit prompts … at “just the right time!” they often tell me

Again, all of this is far easier said than done.  It takes a decision on our part to make it happen, though.

Have you made that decision today?



Stephanie Raquel


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