Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The song that defines me. It isn’t as easy as that. I listen to music very rarely and when I do the range of songs I listen to is rather wide. There has never been one song or one type of song that I really like. I do remember key songs that really impacted me at certain times of my life.
I grew up on country (“Ain’t nothing wrong with my radio”) and Baptist hymns (“At the Cross”). When I hit college I started listening to rock (“Rainmaker”) and more contemporary praise music (“Show me your glory”). In between my college years it was more just rock with “Cold Eyed Bitch” (Jet) and “24 hours” (Jem). Later on “Citizen Soldier” by 3 Doors Down was initial reason I even looked into joining the Army. And now that I’m married with kids my tastes have drifted again with Cascada(“Evacuate the Dance Floor”) and Lady Gaga(“Pokerface”) and Flo Rida(“Apple bottom jeans”) taking a big role in my life. But the hymns are still very much a factor as I sing my kids to sleep with “Nothing but the Blood”.
I’m sure that if you were a music major, you could find something about these songs that connects them all into what I like. I know that I still sing along to any of them that I hear. But none of them have ever been dominate over a large period of my life.
So I decided to answer the question a different way. Rather than look for the song that has impacted my life the most I would look for the song that most defines where I would like to be in life. And that would be “It is well with my soul” by Horatio G. Spafford (Lyrics) and Phillip P. Bliss (Music).
It is a song I’ve liked a lot throughout my life but not one that I listened to much. The key thing is the lyrics. Even if you are not a religious person there is value in being a soul at peace. And if you are there is even more value in being at peace and centered with your God. I’ve lived a very restless and uncertain life, always moving, always making new plans; and I find something extremely desirable about being able to be at peace in all circumstances, whether good or bad. And so I would say that –my- song, the song that defines who I am would be this one. Because it defines my overwhelming urge to be content in all moments of life. To be able to find rest, to “be still and know”(1) that God is God.
(1) Psalms 46:10
Monday, February 28, 2011
I was tasked with writing out the personal values that I live by. This wasn’t a simple task for me. I had never sat down and written them out before. In fact, looking back at my life, I do not think I had ever even thought about them before. So, when given the task I found myself a bit off kilter. I spent the next few days using whatever free time I had thinking, “What have I been living by?” “What factors have dominated my reasons for doing something?” Eventually I came up with the following values and descriptions. These four statements are primarily what drive me.
Do your duty.
If you are given a job; do it. If you have a responsibility; fulfill it. Don’t shirk your tasks. Matt 21:28-32
Support your family.
This is whatever family group you may have: Your unit, your workplace, your friends at the bar, your actual family. If someone talks bad about them, defend them. If they are in a fight, fight on their side. If you are fighting with your family don’t let it show to outsiders. If they need help, give it. 1 Timothy 5:7-9
Don’t be afraid.
Do not let fear stop you from doing something. If it is something that you would do if there was no fear then do it if there is fear. Fear should never be a deciding factor. Joshua 1:9
Don’t cause trouble for others.
Don’t stir up trouble in your community. Do not pick fights. Nothing is more annoying than someone who is always looking for a way to get people fighting or get people upset. Proverbs 6:16-19.