So this week the madness that is SXSW started in Austin. If you aren’t familiar with the festival its a two week juggernaut of music, tech, film, education, sports(new this year) and other assorted panels, concerts and parties. Once upon a time I used to get really fired up for this time of year. I would buy a music badge and go to as many shows as I could and basically just live downtown for an entire week. I would attend as many panels as I could and I also got a chance to see some amazing bands. I remember walking into the old Emo’s and seeing the Hold Steady play to a group of about 20 people. I remember seeing Snow Patrol for the first time at Stubbs almost 10 years ago. We saw Imagine Dragons play the Gueros patio one year to about 12 people and Michelle got to meet Rachel Ray the first year she had her party during SX. These are the kinds of experiences that always keep me coming back and which is why I get so excited about this festival.
But this year is a little different. For some reason I’m not quite as excited about being downtown during the festival this year. Maybe I’m just old(I know I am old). Maybe I’m just too focused on other things to get that psyched up about wading through people and waiting in lines. Because I’m in the tech industry I have an Interactive badge and I am interested in a few of the panels, but it’s just not that big of a deal as it used to be.
I’m reading through Acts right now with Michelle and we just finished Chapter 9, which talks about the beginning of Saul’s transition to Paul. Verse 18 talks about the “scales” falling from Saul’s eyes and how he immediately had sight, got up and was baptized. Part of me is feeling a lot like Saul and that each day different scales are falling from my eyes. My old self, that used to be so wrapped up in things of the world like SXSW, just isn’t that interested anymore. Are music festivals bad? Of course not. They are a ton of fun and there are a lot of great reasons to enjoy them. I guess for me, it’s all about focus and priority. Where once I used to feel like I was missing out if I wasn’t down at the festival 24/7, now I’m looking around wondering what the fuss is all about. All of this is fleeting and temporal and my prayer is that God keeps stripping me from some of these things which in the end, really have no eternal implications.
Acts 9:17-18 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized