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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Saddest Song In The World

Oh her eyes, her eyes, make the stars look like they’re not shining
Her hair, her hair falls perfectly without her trying
She’s so beautiful and I tell her every day

I know, I know when I compliment her she won’t believe me
And it’s so, it’s so sad to think that she don’t see what I see
But every time she asks me,” Do I look ok” - I say

When I see your face there’s not a thing that I would change
Cause you’re amazing just the way you are
And when you smile the whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you’re amazing just the way you are

Her lips, her lips, I could kiss them all day if she’d let me
Her laugh, her laugh, she hates but I think its so sexy
She’s so beautiful and I tell her every day.

Oh you know, you know, you know
I’d never ask you to change
If perfect is what you’re searching for then just stay the same
So don’t even bother asking if you look ok

You know I’d say,
When I see your face, there’s not a thing that I would change
Cause you’re amazing just the way you are . . .

And on it goes - Of course this isn’t the saddest song in the world because there are tens of thousands of songs just like it. In fact they’re all the same song because the secular world has nothing but external appearance to offer the human dilemma. When our deepest longings have not found fulfilment (because God’s love is not accepted), one’s body becomes the object of obsession and self-worship.

It is so profoundly important to be in control of what we watch, listen to, read, absorb. Ellen and Oprah and - well - pick one - any one - they’re people who are preaching to you sermons totally in conflict with what Jesus said is most important to finding the abundant life. Out of all the choices with which to fill our minds, most of those choices are not very healthy. The one whose message we listen to most frequently is the one who will shape who we are as individuals. Those who influence our longings will either draw us closer to God or pull us farther away from Him.

The fact that this boy’s story is becoming common is no accident -

We find ourselves pulling back from our Creator when He’s trying to teach us something we no longer want to hear. For example, If you have come to believe that how you look is very important, you simply can’t be in agreement with God because He says our appearance is of almost no importance at all! People in the entertainment industry will tell you that appearance is critically important. God says that message is wrong and self-destructive. Who you gonna believe?

Listening to and accepting the world’s measure of self-worth is terribly dangerous to our well-being. Basing our worth on the ebb and flow of cultural likes and dislikes makes for a very unstable life. God is not so foolish, nor so cruel as to tell people to base their value and worth and security and sense of belonging on the things that they can do, or even in the fleeting words that others may say. What is so sad in the words of songs like the one above is that people are attempting to exalt the created, not the Creator. This is like throwing a party for a beautiful painting and completely ignoring the artist. “For it is God who has made us, and not we ourselves. Not that we are competent in ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”

I am absolutely certain that our survival will come in large part because we train ourselves to focus on whatever is true, noble and right; whatever is pure and lovely; whatever excellent and praiseworthy. It is those things and those kinds of people that we must think about, meditate on, dwell on and focus our very being on, and if we do this - listen up ‘cause this is important - if we do this, the peace of God will guard our hearts and our minds; His peace will infuse our very being. Philippians 4:8

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