You know how sometimes you’ll be singing along to a song and all of a sudden you’ll actually think about the lyrics coming out of your mouth? It happens to me on a fairly regular basis. One of my earliest recollections of a time when this happened occurred when I was in junior high school. I was singing Buffalo Stance while trying to pick an afterschool snack out of the pantry. My mom gave me a look that I’ll never forget and I remember quickly grabbing the snack and making a hasty exit to my room so we didn’t have to talk about it. I didn’t sing that one in front of her again (although once I accidentally started singing Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover in front of her. It didn’t go well). For those who live under a rock, “buffalo stance” is a term used to refer to the way a prostitute stands on the corner. Not really material you want to hear coming out of your young child’s mouth.
I’ve had many of those lyric awareness moments since then, and this morning I had one of after I dropped the girls off at school. I was singing like a
moron rock star as I was driving home and out of nowhere I actually thought about the words coming out of my mouth and I realized how powerful they were. They’re not deep or complex, but what an impact we could have on the people we come in contact with every day if we lived this way:
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 tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on you, on you
Yes to all of the above! Those simple words convey the life that we should be living out every day. These are words that even my girls can understand; a checklist of sorts for the things we should think about and strive to do every single day of our lives.
I can’t wait to talk about these things with the girls when we have our family devotional time tonight. Loving others, speaking up when we need to, being intentional in serving others when the opportunity presents itself, going one step further for another person expecting nothing in return – these small things matter. I want my children to have a heart for loving, serving, and blessing others.
Stress, anxiety, frustration – the minutiae of everyday life – these things won’t magically disappear even if we do manage to accomplish some of the things the song speaks of, but if we keep our eyes fixed on Him we see them for what they are. Keeping an eternal perspective is so important and I guess I needed to be reminded of that this morning.
It’s not even 9:00 yet. I hope this was just a reminder in general and not a precursor to a day filled with small frustrations! But if it is, I’m ready for battle.
With a happy heart,
Currently playing in the soundtrack of my mind: Fix My Eyes by For KING & COUNTRY. Was there any doubt this one was coming?