This is a big week for my two youngest children. One started college; one started student teaching.
I would like to borrow some words from Amanda Marshall’s song, “Believe in You.”
I believe in you
I can’t even count the ways that
I believe in you
And all I want to do is help you to
Believe in you
I do believe in you. You will do great. You will not do perfect, but you will do well because you are loved — by God and many others — and that love will flow through you, as you allow it.
Kristin Chenoweth sings a song, “I Was Here.”
I’ll be leaving my mark
Like initials carved in an old oak tree
Just wait and see. . . .
I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear
I wanna do something better
With the time I was given
I wanna try to touch a few hearts in this life
Leave nothing less than something that says
I was here
We all leave a mark with our lives. We can do “something that sets the whole world on its ear” even if many people do not know or notice. Every time we love someone, care for someone, help someone, encourage someone we set this whole world on its ear.
And I will close with one more lyric. It’s a song made famous by DC Talk — “Jesus Freak.” It speaks of John the Baptist from Scripture, who called the people to live differently, to live God’s way because it was time for the Messiah’s coming. John lost his earthly head for following God, but he gained eternity. Being a Jesus Freak is not about being religious; it’s about being God’s person when much in this world pulls us in other, self-centered directions.
The sand that he walked was also his bed
The words that he spoke made the people assume
There wasn’t too much left in the upper room
With skins on his back and hair on his face
They thought he was strange by the locusts he ate
The Pharisees tripped when they heard him speak
Until the king took the head of this Jesus freak. . . .
That my best friend was born in a manger. . . .
When they hear that I’m a Jesus freak
What will people do when they find that it’s true
I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus freak
There ain’t no disguising the truth