I love music. Not like. Love. I am not musically gifted. I can’t write music. I can’t read it anymore. I don’t play an instrument. I was a band geek in intermediate school (Junior High or middle school depending on where you live) but gave up on it when I got to high school because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to play and march at the same time.
I thank God for the musically gifted. For those who can string notes together to create music that makes me bob my head, bounce my shoulders, sway back and forth, and drive more recklessly than I hope my kids ever notice. I have a special appreciation for those who can write lyrics. It’s so personal, regardless of the genre.
I love music. It is one of my favorite ways to connect to God. Just like reading Scripture, I can hear a song a hundred times and get something different from it each time. One line. One word. It can feel like a message straight from God.
For over a year the song that has spoken to me the most is Britt Nicole’s “Say It”. Most people have a life verse. This is my life song. Just like everything we read senior year in AP Lit, I’m sure there are a hundred different interpretations of the song. But what convicts me time and time again is that…
I just need to begin. I don’t always know what God’s will is for me in a given situation and I can easily become paralyzed, doing nothing. But the truth is I do know what His will is for my life. I don’t need a sign – be it neon or a burning bush – to make every big decision. Although I confess I would like one. How cool would that be?
I need God’s help to make the most of what is mine. Stewardship and contentment do not come naturally to me. I don’t think I’m alone in this one. I’m prone to waste my time and my money. And the thing is, as a wife and mother, these resources aren’t my own to squander. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that when I feel flustered, these are the resources I daydream about having in abundance.
I’m gonna say it. We may not agree, but I’m going to say it. It may come out imperfectly, but I’m going to say it. I would like to finish conversations with a nice nugget of wisdom tying the whole thing up in a nice bow. Maybe I grew up watching too many sitcoms that resolved all conflicts within 30 minutes and my expectations are unrealistic. The truth is I’m prone to bounce from topic to topic within any given conversation and only wrap it up when one of the Floyd boys requires my undivided attention.
“Say It” is my go to 3 minute life manifesto that inspired me to start this blog. It’s a gentle reminder when I try to over-complicate things. Do you have a life song?