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Finding ourselves in music

I must be in contemplative mood today. I’m discovering meanings in various lyrics of songs I’ve been listening to.

While working out this morning, I listened to Brandi Carlile, one of my all-time favorite artists. Her song, Looking Out, came up on my MP3. I took notice of these words:

I am afraid of crossing lines

I am afraid of flying blind

Afraid of inquiring minds

Afraid of being left behind

As I listened, I thought, “This could be the theme song of many of us Christians.” Unfortunately, it could be my theme song more than I like to admit.

These words penetrate on so many levels. I’ll allow them to do their work on you. It seems to the mark of truth–it’s so dang tormenting.

But here’s a thought: Why do we so often allow fear to dictate and dominate our lives. Isn’t Christianity the faith that’s supposed to be all about faith?

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Finding the Gospel in surprising places

A friend of mine, Dr. Paul Fitzgerald, recently put out a challenge to those who’ve been involved in the work of his HeartConnexion Ministries to listen to Jason Mraz’ song, Living in the Moment, once a day for the next 30 days.

I took Paul up on the challenge.

I find the lyrics to be a liberating, challenging, surprising and refreshing echo of Jesus’ message to us to live with no worries of tomorrow, celebrating the grace and love the Father has for us here and now, and living life as little children.

I have no idea what Mraz’ spiritual paradigm is. But this song, in many ways, expresses the Gospel more accurately than some of the theology I’ve come across. The songwriters seem to “get it” more than I tend to.

Here are the lyrics:

(Songwriters: Nowels, Rick / Mraz, Jason)
If this life is one act
Why do we lay all these traps
We put them right in our path
When we just wanna be free

I will not waste my days
Making up all kinds of ways
To worry about some things
That will not happen to me

So I just let go of what I know I don’t know
And I know I’ll only do this by
Living in the moment
Living our life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
Peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home
Living in the moment

I’m letting myself off the hook for things I’ve done
I let my past go past
And now I’m having more fun
I’m letting go of the thoughts
That do not make me strong
And I believe this way can be the same for everyone

And if I fall asleep
I know you’ll be the one who’ll always remind me
To live in the moment
To live my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
I got peace in my heart
Got peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home

I can’t walk through life facing backwards
I have tried
I tried more than once to just make sure
And I was denied the future I’d been searching for
But I spun around and searched no more
By living in the moment
Living my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
I got peace in my heart
Got peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home

I’m living in the moment
I’m living my life
Just taking it easy
With peace in my mind
I got peace in my heart
I got peace in my soul
Oh, wherever I’m going, I’m already home
I’m living in the moment
I’m living my life
Oh, easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
I got peace in my heart
I got peace in my soul
Oh, wherever I’m going, I’m already home
I’m living in the moment

Here’s a link to a video of the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUFs_1vKYlY.
For more information on HeartConnexion Ministries, check their website: http://www.heartconnexion.org.

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