Growing in Christ

What’s Your Theme, Jelly Bean?

My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. – Psalm 45:1


What is your theme, the individual lens through which you see and experience God? David, the Psalmist was a worshiper. As such, he saw and experienced God in depth, through worship. His theme motivated him to compose songs to express an overflowing heart of praise. And, his theme not only drew him closer to the Lord, it urged him to pen words and melodies to attract others to the Lord. See, the unique design we received from our Creator is for us, and it is for others, too. How can we determine what theme we have received?

Questions to help you better understand how you experience and respond to God‘s presence:

  1. What activity (stillness, worship, bible reading, etc.) opens your heart to His presence?
  2. What surroundings (sounds, quiet, scenery) open your eyes to Him and His Truth?
  3. How are you motivated to share what you experienced or learned? In other words, what do you want to do with your new understanding?

Each of us received an individual lens through which we see God’s heart and share His heart with others. Worship opens my eyes to Him and the Bible. In fact, worship led me to Psalm 45 today, and motivated me to share this blog. Whether we write music or literature, nurture a family, volunteer, or have a career, we compose. Composition is the simple process of communicating truth or knowledge through many unique means. Your theme is the conduit you received to both know God and to make Him known. So, what’s your theme? And, how will you use it?

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16


  • Julie Smith

    Wally, I really like the visual illustration of the homing pigeons! Thank you for sharing the type of jelly bean you are! : ) Consistently, you point others to Jesus and His glory. Thank you for your encouragement!

  • Walter Hoskins

    Good word Julie; soft, yet direct to the point. See Ecclesiastes
    3:11. He has planted eternity in the human heart. We are like unto
    the pigeons {homing pigeons} used in times of war to carry mess-
    ages back to “from whence they came.” I’m a grape jelly bean, I
    desire to see our King in His purple robe. Until then, I’ll do my
    best to carry His message wherever I go.

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