Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

Day 19: A song that makes you think about life

Well, to be honest, a few songs did make me think about life when I first heard them:

Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C – This bittersweet song made me reflect on my school life and the friends I had back then. Friends forever? Well, I’m not one to have a lot of friends given that I am not a social butterfly and trust back then was something I couldn’t count on. And to be honest, I am glad that I didn’t have to see the majority of classmates again once school was out for good.

Image result for gif friends forever

Paradise by Coldplay – This song hits the heart hard. When we’re young, we expect the world of our dreams/imagination. But when we finally get there, it’s not what it’s cracked up to be but “life goes on, it gets so heavy” and we have to keep fighting our battles. Despite the tough times “I know the sun must set to rise” meaning that there’s always another day for progress. At the end of the day, we all live in hope and faith. Aerosmith’s Dream On’ has a similar narrative.

Image result for gif paradise coldplay

Another song is The World I Know by Collective Soul. It’s about losing hope in humanity and that’s not so easy to do. All you have to do is look around! Because of how corrupted we’ve become with our thoughts and actions, the earth just keeps crying out for blood. Most of us choose the negative such as greed and hatred over love and empathy. However, at that moment the narrator decides to do away with the world, the realization hits him like a ton of bricks and his eyes are open and it’s the world I know versus what the world could be like. However, there is a certain spiritual aspect to the song that I’ll discuss in a later post.

Image result for gif collective soul the world i know

One of the saddest, yet truest songs ever written is The Living Years by Mike + The Mechanics. Don’t leave things unsaid for when that person dies, it hurt us even more. If there is someone you’re not talking to out of spite, put that behind and make amends for life is too short. Listen to what people are trying to say even if you may not like the good advice you think is bad at the time. Let people know you care; don’t hold grudges especially where it concerns your loved ones. 

Image result for gif forgiveness

And last but not least, my reflection song, Man In the Mirror by Michael Jackson. The message is simple: before you change the world (or address any situation for that matter), look at yourself within and change. How can you change the world if you can’t start with yourself? A mirror reflects who we are. If we keep seeing the same man or woman in the mirror, then we must change that. We need to become selfless, not selfish. 

Image result for gif man in the mirror

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change

Bible Activity/Discussion

Are we truly humble?

HUMILITY: freedom from pride or arrogance 

“Lionel Messi is the humblest person I know,” 

Yes. Yes, he just might be especially when compared to this:

Image result for gif do you know who i am

Or this…

Image result for gif do you know who i am

And I do admire Messi’s humble trait, but he is not the humblest person I know. 

When Jesus Christ was here on earth dwelling among mere mortals they failed to realize who He was because pride was in the way and Christ did not take out a billboard in every city to advertise that He was the Son of God. When He was scorned and rejected, He could’ve easily revealed His divine glory and show those people who He truly was, but He chose to remain humble in every matter and verbal assault.

Being God, Jesus HUMBLED Himself to become Man.

Christ lowered Himself when He died for us on the cross without even insisting on His rights. Had He insisted, “Do you know who I Am?” I guess many people would’ve been astonished to see that He really was the true “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16), the “Prince of Peace” and “mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6) among other wonderful titles! 

So can we be as humble as Christ? According to Philippians 2:5, we can by having the same mindset as Him. We can start by confessing our sins regularly, not worrying about status, always thanking God, and putting others before ourselves. 

Image result for gif sit down be humble

Remember, not all angels were as humble as our Lord, who is gentle and humble in heart (Mattew 11:29). Jesus modeled humility and there isn’t another fine example that can match up to His humbleness. Check pride at the door and be a humble warrior!

Image result for gif humble shirt

ACTIVITY: Your activity is to sit down and reflect on humbleness. Share in the comment section below what humble truly means to you or your favorite Biblical verse on being humble. 

“Above All” is a wonderful tribute to our humble Savior. It perfectly describes His humble nature. 💙 Happy Sabbath, all!

Crucified
Laid behind the stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone

Like a rose trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all