Sunday, March 28, 2010

Forget and Not Slow Down

Clayton, one of our few nice days in March. I love the look on her face, she is determined to get into mischief.
I could not get Kenndall to cooperate.
Superman eating a Peep from Grandma Cross.
Clayton just looking precious.
Clayton looks like an angel when she sleeps, I love it!

As most of my faithful readers know, I love music! I listen to a lot of music, and I really love Christian music, (although Lady Gaga, Iyaz, Pearl Jam, etc. are definitely on my iPod) anyway, I also love looking at the lyrics of song and the story and meaning behind the lyrics of songs that I like. Two of my favorite groups are Sanctus Real, and Relient K. This song is a new one by Relient K, it is called, "Forget and Not Slow Down".

"Forget And Not Slow Down"

How many times
Can I push it aside
Is it time I befriended all the ghosts of all the things that haunt me most
So they leave me alone
Move on with my life
Be certain the steps of left and right don't fight the direction of upright

I'd rather forget and not slow down
Than gather regret for the things I can't change now
If I become what I can't accept
Resurrect the saint from within the wretch
Pour over me and wash my hands of it

It's time to decide
Which is out of my mind
Cause it'll be me unless I put some thoughts to rest and leave some faults behind
I'll watch the glint in my eye
Shine off the spring in my step
And could be blinding depending on the amount of You that I reflect

Cause I could spend my life just trying to sift through
What I could've done better but what good do what ifs do
There's something I should tell you now

As I get older and hopefully grow a little in the wisdom department, I realize the importance of two things. First, the concept behind this song, regrets cannot hold you back, spending time thinking about what you should of done, or how you should have made different choices will do nothing but make the reflection of Christ a little blurry. However, just as important as it is to leave behind your past failures, it is just as important to never forget how God works through mistakes, and failures to create beautiful lessons in your life. It is such a strange paradox that God forgives and wipes away all our past with His grace, and yet creates such an incredible change in our lives that the past can never be forgotten. There are many examples in God's word of memorials, places, times, feasts, traditions that all come from God's desire that we remember His great work. He has a way of turning the attention away from our screw ups, and creating an opportunity for us to glorify Him. "for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again" Pr. 24:16. God knows we will mess up, God knows that we will fall. But, those that are wise get up. You get up again and again, no matter what. Even when you don't think you can, you just get up. Every mistake is an opportunity for a new beginning, and God is so ready to be right there and make the best from your worst.