If you had the opportunity to watch the ACM Awards last night, it will come as no shock that this years awards show was on FIRE! From the moment The Band Perry took stage to the closing statements by Blake Shelton - signing off with anticipation for the 50th anniversary of the ACM Awards, to be held at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX - I was tuned in and engaged with everything the #ACMs had to offer.
I was especially captivated by the Kohl's commercials and presentation of the New Artist of the Year award to Justin Moore. A brief summation of the message was the word 'YES.' The commercials repeatedly depicted the priceless opportunities presented in life by taking a chance and saying, 'yes' when opportunity knocks. Prior to announcing Justin Moore as the winner of New Artist of the Year, the presenters commentated the life of each nominee - showing youthful photos and mentioning the moments in their life when they said 'yes' to the opportunities that ultimately led them to the 2014 ACM Awards stage that evening. It was a beautiful tribute, and one that brought tears to Justin Moore's eyes as he expressed his gratitude for the award. It was a breathtaking moment that brought a senes of reality and authenticity to the evening. I found it aptly apropos that the context of the word 'yes' was to remember the moments in life where saying 'yes' brought fulfillment to the lives of each nominee. Since we are in the season of Lent, the concept of saying 'yes' fully resonated with me. I submitted a post on Facebook about how we are constantly encouraged to say 'yes' to God each day. I remembered Mary, and her being the most beautiful recipient of this action, as she said 'yes' to God, through the Angel Gabriel. How scared the young Mary must have been, that she would be the vessel to bring life to the Messiah. We see her faith in God great - her mighty faith, and 'yes' to God is a profound example to us, and as the Angel Gabriel said, "but nothing is impossible for God" (Luke: 1:37). Although it may sometimes seem as though we will never grab hold of our purpose or reach our dreams, I think it is imperative to continuously seek God's will for our lives through prayer, and discern the chances we should take, and greet those chances with a resounding 'yes.'
It is my encouragement to find God in everything, and to find a gem in the ACM Awards show last night was lovely. There were many other great moments at the ACM Awards: A heart-warming tribute to Merle Haggard; sung by the king himself, George Strait, and the endearing, Miranda Lambert. Jerry Jones and George Strait announced that the AT&T Center in Dallas, TX will hosts the 2015 ACM Awards. The performances were all well executed, creating a stellar energy throughout the entire awards show.
Merle Haggard tribute - ACM Crystal Milestone Award: http://youtu.be/AvCyClfEGtA
ACM Awards winners:
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Song of the Year: Lee Brice "I Drive Your Truck"
Vocal Group of the Year: The Band Perry
Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Single Record of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
New Artist of the Year: Justin Moore
Album of the Year: Kacey Musgraves "Same Trailer Different Park"
Video of the Year: Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban "Highway Don't Care"
Vocal Event of the Year: Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert "We Were Us"