Concert offered hope and celebration

The day after my 21st birthday, several of my friends and I went to a For King and Country concert in Wichita. To say that it was incredible is an understatement.

For King and Country is a contemporary Christian duo comprised of Austra?lian-American brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone. Their songs carry messages of love, hope, service and celebration. They write lyrics that inspire, encourage and relate.

If you ever have the opportunity to see For King and Country in concert, don?t hesitate to take it. They put on a show, and it?s all for God?s glory.

When I sat down to write this column, I planned to write a super-inspiring article about the concert and what I took away from it. But the words just aren?t coming for me. The emotions and excitement I felt during the concert are definitely still in my head and heart, I just can?t seem to get them down on paper.

Maybe the reason behind this is that, rather than reading about the songs that spoke to me, you need to hear them for yourself.

I?m going to let the Smallbone brothers do the talking for this column. So hop on your Spotify account or open up YouTube and let?s be inspired together.

I?m only going to mention three songs, but I encourage you to listen to all of For King and Country?s songs. Listen to them over and over and over and let them speak into your life.

1. ?Fix My Eyes.? ?Love like I?m not scared. Give when it?s not fair. Live life for another. Take time for a brother. Fight for the weak ones. Speak out for freedom. Find faith in the battle. Stand strong and above it all, fix my eyes on you.?

The concert opened with ?Fix My Eyes,? which is one of For King and Country?s most popular songs. The lyrics remind me about what?s really important.

I often don?t realize it, but I fix my eyes on a lot of things that I shouldn?t, like what others think about me or how well I perform in school. Those things aren?t what deserve my focus. My eyes need to be fixed on God and the things that He cares about.

2. ?Proof of Your Love.? ?So let my life be the proof, the proof of your love. Let my love look like you and what you?re made of. How you lived, how you died, love is sacrifice.?

This is a prayer that needs to always be on my heart and on my mind. Let my actions and my words be the proof of a God who loves his children so much he came down to earth to die for them. Let everything I do and say be motivated by God?s love and not my own intentions.

This song should be an anthem of how Christ-followers live their lives every single day.

3. ?Priceless.? ?I see you dressed in white, every wrong made right. I see a rose in bloom at the sight of you. Oh so priceless.?

If you listen to this song about a million times, there is no judgment coming from me, because I?ve done the same. The lyrics of ?Priceless? give me chills.

One of For King and Country?s central messages throughout the concert was based on their song ?Priceless.? This song reminds women and girls of this very important truth: you are priceless; you are worth more than all of the money in the world and you are the creation of a God who loves you dearly, so don?t let anyone convince you, or treat you, otherwise.

Bailey Kaufman is a student at Tabor College this fall. She can be reached at baileykaufman@tabor.edu.