The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
on him, on him.
my guilty pleasure this month has been rocking out to taylor swift’s 1989 album. it has increased my productivity by at least 50%! ;) taylor swift fan or not, the girl is a genius. you don’t accidentally be the bestselling artist of 2014, some intent goes into it. it got me thinking about some things i can learn from taylor swift.
1. don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself
my love for taylor swift goes back to album 1, a sweet little country teen singing about teardrops on her guitar. back when she had noodle hair. the first time i heard “shake it off” on one of my pandora stations i didn’t know who it was, and when i looked and saw the artist i was like, “oh wow, it’s taylor swift!”
change is risky, and not everyone will like the change, but it could pay off. big time.
i love my spotify and was quite disappointed when taylor swift music was pulled from the mix. i got over it and bought the cd. the deluxe edition from target for a whopping $17.99. this is expensive for a cd for someone who is thrifty, but i really wanted it so i bought it.
make stuff people really want, and they will open up their wallets.
is taylor swift a nice person? oh i don’t REALLY know but from what i can tell from social media and the media she is a nice person. i do know she projects niceness. and there was that time when she invited real fans to her real homes and did showcases for them. sounds pretty nice to me!
as the famous saying goes…be nice and good things will happen to you!