I Belong To You – William McDowell with lyrics

 

 

I’ve been captured by a love I can’t explain
And now you have me and I’m forever changed
I’ve abandoned everything I’ve ever known
Now I surrender my life is not my own

 

I belong to you
I belong to you
I belong to you
I belong to you

 

I’ve been captured by a love I can’t explain
And now you have me and I’m forever changed (I’ve abandoned)
I’ve abandoned everything I’ve ever known (this life is not my own)
Now I surrender my life is not my own (I belong)

 

I belong to you (oh god)
I belong to you (my life belongs to you)
I belong to you
I belong to you (I’ve been captured)

 

I’ve been captured by a love I can’t explain (God)
And now you have me and I’m forever changed
I’ve abandoned everything I’ve ever known (now I surrender)
Now I surrender my life is not my own (I belong)

 

I belong to you (I give you my everything Lord!)
I belong to you (my life is not my own)
I belong to you (I belong)
I belong to you (come on if you belong to Jesus can you sing, I belong to you!)

 

I belong to you (I give you my everything, oh Lord!)
I belong to you (this is our heart’s surrender, I belong to you!)
I belong to you (I belong to you)
I belong to you

 

My life is not my own, to you I belong
I give myself, I give myself to you (come on, can we sing it all in this room, come on!)

 

My life is not my own, to you I belong
I give myself, I give myself to you (say it again, my life is not my own)

 

My life is not my own, to you I belong (I give myself)
I give myself, I give myself to you (come on with your hands lifted high all over this room)
(Come on tell him again, say it: my life!)

 

My life is not my own, to you I belong
I give myself, I give myself to you (come on help us sing, I belong!)

 

(I belong) my life is not my own, to you I belong (I belong)
I give myself, I give myself to you (come on, say it again, oh!)

 

(I belong) my life is not my own, to you I belong (I belong)
I give myself, I give myself to you (come on, life up your voice, come on, life up your voice and say it again)

 

My life is not my own, to you I belong (I belong)
I give myself, I give myself to you (say it again, from your heart)

 

(I belong) my life is not my own, to you I belong
I give myself, I give myself to you (sing it one more time, sing it one more time, tell him)

 

My life is not my own, to you I belong
I give myself, I give myself to you

 

7 Scientific Benefits of Helping Others

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Volunteering your time, money, or energy to help others doesn’t just make the world better—it also makes you better. Studies indicate that the very act of giving back to the community boosts your happiness, health, and sense of well-being. Here are seven scientific benefits of lending a hand to those in need. 

1. HELPING OTHERS CAN HELP YOU LIVE LONGER. 

Want to extend your lifespan? Think about regularly assisting at a soup kitchen or coaching a basketball team at an at-risk high school. Research has shown that these kinds of activities can improve health in ways that can length your lifespan—volunteers show an improved ability to manage stress and stave off disease as well as reduced rates of depression and an increased sense of life satisfaction—when they were performed on a regular basis. This might be because volunteering alleviates loneliness and enhances our social lives—factors that can significantly affect our long-term health.  

2. ALTRUISM IS CONTAGIOUS. 

When one person performs a good deed, it causes a chain reaction of other altruistic acts. One study found that people are more likely to perform feats of generosity after observing another do the same. This effect can ripple throughout the community, inspiring dozens of individuals to make a difference.  

3. HELPING OTHERS MAKES US HAPPY. 

One team of sociologists tracked 2000 people over a five-year period and found that Americans who described themselves as “very happy” volunteered at least 5.8 hours per month. This heightened sense of well-being might be the byproduct of being more physically active as a result of volunteering, or because it makes us more socially active. Researchers also think that giving back might give individuals a mental boost by providing them with a neurochemical sense of reward. 

4. HELPING OTHERS MAY HELP WITH CHRONIC PAIN. 

According to one study, people who suffered from chronic pain tried working as peer volunteers. As a result, they experienced a reduction in their own symptoms. 

5. HELPING OTHERS LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE. 

If you’re at risk for heart problems, your doctor has probably told you to cut back on red meat or the hours at your stressful job. However, you should also consider adding something to your routine: a regular volunteer schedule. One piece of research showed that older individuals who volunteered for at least 200 hours a year decreased their risk of hypertension by a whopping 40 percent. This could possibly be because they were provided with more social opportunities, which help relieve loneliness and the stress that often accompanies it.  

6. HELPING OTHERS PROMOTES POSITIVE BEHAVIORS IN TEENS. 

According to sociologists, teenagers who volunteer have better grades and self-image. 

7. HELPING OTHERS GIVES US A SENSE OF PURPOSE AND SATISFACTION. 

Looking for more meaning in your day-to-day existence? Studies show that volunteering enhances an individual’s overall sense of purpose and identity—particularly if they no longer hold a life-defining role like “worker” or “parent.” 

With its proven commitment to supporting not only its employees but also communities in need, Wells Fargo Advisors knows a thing or two about helping others. Learn more about joining the team at joinwfadvisors.com.

You can’t get There from Here

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Where do you think you are going (or yer goin’ for us rednecks at heart).?  Honest question that can be asked of most of us.  And many times the answer is.. “you can’t get there from here.”

This is true on many a road trip where I was lost, or took what I thought was short cut.  This is true for many a college graduate looking for a high paying job in Corporate America with a Masters degree in ‘Cartoon Art History’ with a minor in ‘Bagpiping’. Or being mountain climber aspiring to climb Mt. Everest, but afraid to leave your home state of Nebraska.  Or taking a road trip from California to Hawaii. In all these cases and more.. the answer is .. you can’t get there from here.


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While these may be absurd and hopefully amusing examples, there is a more alarming examples in today’s culture.  I observe a concerning trend in church as a Sunday social club where we go to be fed/entertained every week but never go deep, but do not devote my life to God except to be a pretty good person. Will being a pretty good person get me to Heaven, or does God expect more of me?  Where do I think I am going? Heaven?  This is not a pointing my finger at anyone else before I point it at myself.  Is my life foremost about ME, or is it about my God?  Honestly, what is my answer? 

The following are a few scripture passages, that are convicting and give clarity to this question?  Where do I think I am going?

I Never Knew You
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Mt 7:21-23

What good is it to love those who love you?
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Lk 6:32-36


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So based on the road I have chosen for my life.. am I going to Heaven or not?  How about you?  It matters eternally what we believe so choose the God of our Bibles.  There is no other God.

But many are Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or simply believe in a ‘higher power’ and so we all believe basically the same thing, right?

I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, Is 45:5

Now you may argue with me that I am wrong, but this is what I believe. So the answer for me to the statement we all believe in basically the same thing is.. If you want to get to Heaven..  You can’t get there from here.


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So take these words for what it is worth.  I am sure I am preaching to the choir for the most part, but even us in the choir need to daily turn to God, serve Him first and foremost in our lives.. go beyond being a good person.   And for those not in the choir, I respect where you are at, but prayerfully take to heart the issue of Eternity.  It matters what you believe and where you place your faith.  Placing your faith in Jesus, and pursuing God first in your life, then with regards to eternity, and Heaven.. You CAN get there from here.

May God bless and use us all with our lives for his glory.  Amen.

​Jeff (a little bit lost sometimes) Larson


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important note: The alternative to not getting to Heaven from here.. is Hell. It is our choice alone. Heaven is the free gift from God to those who place their hope and lives in Him. Hell is the awful other choice we all are allowed to make.  There is no home (eternal existence) in between for being simply a good person.