Fight Song

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.

“Fight Song” by the Piano Guys

 

Your Worth

Valentine’s Day is a day most couples look forward to, a day to show your significant other how much they mean to you. A year ago, around this date, a new erotic movie premiered in fashion. (50 Shades of Grey) It’s all over the Internet again, with the sequel coming out. In case you don’t know what it is all about:

“For those of you who don’t know the premise of the novel trilogy/movie, it centers around a young billionaire mogul named Christian Grey, a shy and inexperienced college student named Anastasia Steele, and their whirlwind affair, which is an indirect result of his traumatic past. Over the course of the story, the two embark on a dark sexual relationship hinged on a paper agreement Christian asks her to sign, saying that their relationship will remain a non-romantic one, with Christian having the right to do whatever he pleases to her while they’re together, contractually making her his “submissive.” (Sarah Fine, Project Inspired)

My heart is so heavy, as I realize the impact this will have on us girls. We are taught that our worth comes from our looks and how great our bodies are. That if we aren’t a certain way, no guy will ever love us, and we will grapple and put up with anyone who shows us “love”. But girls…
I want you to know that you are worth more than just what you can give a guy.
– You’re more than your mistakes
– You’re more than your hormonal days.
– You’re more than your failures.
– You’re more than your acne and bad hair days.
– You’re more than your imperfections.
And I have to admit, the list of these is long as we find more and more things “wrong” with us, and just how many ways we don’t fit in to that “perfect” mold.
We love you, and God loves you for YOU. And one day, the right guy will come along who loves you for YOU. Not what he can get or what you can give. Don’t fall for Satan’s lie that you’ll never be loved, so you need to grab at whoever glances in your direction. I know I sound so cliché. The “everything will work out” little speech. But trust me. I know from experience… It isn’t worth it. It isn’t worth it to accept unacceptable behavior because he “loves” you. It isn’t worth it to base all your self worth on how pretty or ugly you may think you are, or what others think of you. It isn’t worth it to give precious pieces of yourself away to someone who just cares that he’s getting them, and not that it’s you who is giving them, or that they’re precious. Don’t give yourselves away prematurely. Don’t go along with this society who believes that pain = love. Or love is all about what you can get. Because that’s the exact opposite of true love.
You are SO VALUABLE. Jesus, Jesus who died a very painful death and suffered excruciating agony, He died for you. Because He loves you. He sees your mistakes. He sees those hormonal days. He sees your failures. He sees your acne and misbehaving hair. He sees your imperfections. And He loves you. Because He sees your value. He sees your worth. He sees your beauty. He sees someone who will never be replicated or replaced. There is no guy on this earth who will satisfy your longing for Jesus. I’ve tried and tried to fill that hole with anything I could think of. There was still an emptiness, an ache, a longing. Why? Because no one can take the place of Jesus. They cannot complete us like He can.
Please, don’t fall for the lies of society. That anything goes, as long as he loves you. That you have to sacrifice yourself to please someone who won’t take a second to think about your vulnerability and fragility. That all your worth is how many likes you get on Instagram and Facebook. You’re precious. You’re loved. You’re worth the wait, and he will be too. I promise.