A while back, I came across the song, Fight Song, because the YouTube stars, Piano Guys, mixed it with Amazing Grace. (If you haven’t listened to them or this song, I highly recommend it and them.) So after listening to the mix I listened to the original song by Rachel Platten. After I listened to it, I found that the lyrics really struck me.
I looked up the back story behind the lyrics and Ms .Platten said that she wrote them during a very difficult time in her life when she was struggling with trying to find her place in the world. The story behind the lyrics struck me as it sounds like something that you and I have gone through and continue to go through. The struggle to find our own place in the world.
For me, by the time I turned 11, I was quite aware of the benefits of dressing in fashion and acting the right way. For the next 4 years, I tried to fit in. I dressed in the latest fashions, talked endlessly about fashion and popular music and movies, and worked to be with the right people.
After 4 years, I found myself completely exhausted and confused. Why was this? I was doing all the right things, saying the right things. So what was wrong?
After much heart searching and getting my relationship with God back on track, I realized that by trying to fit in I was trying to be someone that I wasn’t meant to be. I also realized that by trying to be someone else, I was slapping God in the face. I was rejecting the person He wanted me to be and instead was striving to become far less than what He had for me.
When I realized that God truly does, “..know the plans I have for You…Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future,” (Jeremiah 29:11) I was truly able to “play my fight song.”
In Isaiah 55:8-9 God says, “…My thoughts are not your thoughts nor are my ways your ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” By acknowledging and changing my thoughts and actions to match His I am able “turn my power on” and “be strong.”
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 41:10) Once I stood still before Him and really understood this verse, I could “take back my life song” and “prove I’m alright”. Only then could I say “all those things I didn’t say.” No longer were the “wrecking balls inside my brain.” I didn’t need to fear what the “in” people would think of me if I spoke my mind truthfully. I no longer had to ask, “Can you hear my voice this time?”
The Bible warns us, “And do not be conformed to this world or the things of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God..” (Romans 12:2) We are also told that, “…the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:17) Once I renounced the world and the glittering facade that it offered me, I could truly make an effect “on the ocean” of people and could “make an explosion”.
Even though I’m only one young woman in almost 7.3 billion people, a “small boat”, and “…only have one match” “I can make an explosion” thanks to the assurance that God created me to be who I am.
Note for the end: By using this song, I’m not saying that all of Rachel Platten’s music is good. I like this song specifically as it fit my life story really well, but by using it and saying I like it, that doesn’t mean I endorse her entirely.