Words to Build a Life On

September 16, 2009

When thinking about the advancement of the gospel, I think about how Paul claims that the words and truths that he speaks are not his own, but those of God. I think this is a fairly common claim among the apostles and other people who spread the gospel. This claim is something that we all should remember. As we try to spread the gospel, we need to remember that these are not our words or ideas, but God working through us for his glory, not ours.

In addition to remembering whose words they actually are, it is also important to build our lives on these words and truths. We should take what God tells us and apply it to our own lives.

I think there is a lot of power in the words of God. God has a way of touching a variety of people through what he tells us, and it touches people at all stages of life. Mike Crawford and His Secret Siblings wrote a song called “Words to Build a Life On.” It talks about how these words that are not our own are the words that we should build our lives on and how they are words that are always true no matter what you experience in your life. Whether you’ve been put down or if you have been hurt by the ones you love or if you’ve become a broken person, these words are the foundation for a life that has meaning even through the tough stuff.

Something that I have noticed from Paul, is that he talks a lot about the persecution he faced because he was trying to advance the gospel. This songs refers to this point too. It says:

“Blessed when you’re put down
Because of me you’re dissed
Because of me you’re kicked out
They take you off their list.”

Isn’t this what Paul is talking about?

This also talks about how you have to go through “pain”… you have to grow hungry and thirsty for something more, something more substantial than the things that we try to fill our lives with and its when you are hungry and thirsty that “you will eat of the bread that matters most.”

This song really has a special place in my heart and I hope you all get to experience it. Every time I listen to it, I feel more connected and more things start making sense.

Here is a link to the lyrics : http://troyhochstetler.wordpress.com/2009/01/21/mike-crawford-words-to-build-a-life-on/

Here is a link to Mike Crawford’s myspace page, which has the song on it: http://www.myspace.com/mikecrawfordmusic

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