31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 17: I Feel Cool

photo-1Let’s just be honest: I feel cool wearing this bracelet.  

Austin is a cool city.  We do cool things like enjoy bats and pull off the world’s best outdoor concert every year.  Did you know that? We do.  It’s called Austin City Limits and this was my 3-day pass bracelet for it.

I’ve taken the bracelet off now; I took it off Sunday night, in fact, after being somewhat sad all day that we didn’t get our day 3 of ACL Weekend. {Day three was flooded out. You can see some pretty amazing pics here.}  We missed Phoenix and Lionel Richie for goodness sakes!!!

It’s really weird for me to admit, actually, that I felt cooler wearing something. I think it feels weird because it’s a place of vulnerability. I’m admitting that my heart, my mind and my emotions are affected by the things around me. Yes, that makes me human, but it also seems a little weak. Weak in the fact that I’m so easily swayed by wearing some little bracelet for ACL. I take pride in a lot of things, I know I do… It’s only normal. But I don’t typically take pride and looking cooler or being cool because I’m at a cool event or cool concert. That’s what this bracelet made me feel like though. It made me feel cool because this is one of the coolest things Austin does and we’re known for it around the world. And I felt cool being there.

So there it is … I’m affected by the world and all going on around me.  Sometimes I feel cooler and sometimes it affects me in ways that are deeper and more painful.  Amidst all that, it’s good for me to remember the God of the universe … the Creator and Sustainer of everything.  He allowed, in His grace, to give me this fun amazing weekend with my family at ACL.  Although I felt cooler, He is never-changing.  Malachi 3:6 and Hebrews 13:8 promise that God and Jesus Christ do not change.  That they are the same yesterday, today and forever.  I like that.  My heart is so easily affected, by the good and the bad, yet my hope and trust is in the One who is faithful, abundant and kind and never-changing.  Might you find hope and joy in the same today.

Here, I’ll share some of my pics from the weekend before we part for the day …

Kids get free hair dye and tattoos.  *I’m a punk rocker, yes I am.*  In fact, there’s a whole Austin Kiddie Limits and kids 10 and under are free.  It’s awesome.

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They don’t sell water in plastic bottles … this is Austin, after all.  We sell water in boxes.

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Tons of actually very kind people just wanting to hear a good concert.

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You get awesome views of downtown at night … although my iPhone doesn’t capture it very well …

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