One of my favorite bands of all time is Switchfoot. My whole family loves them – my older sister and Dad saw them in Chico… a very long time ago… and we have been avid fans ever since. Their lead singer, Jon Foreman, seems to have a good grasp on life and how to live life well as a Christian in this current day in age. The words he writes in his songs truly speaks to my soul and for awhile, I’ve wanted to write about some lyrics in Switchfoot’s newest album: Where the Light Shines Through.
The song I constantly have playing through my mind and the lyrics I just can’t get out of my head is called “Live It Well”…. here are some of the lines that resonate most with me:
“Take the burden from my arms
Take the anchors off my lungs
Take me broken and make me one
Break the silence and make it a song
Life is short; I wanna live it well
One life, one story to tell
Life is short; I wanna live it well
And you’re the one I’m living for
Awaken all my soul
Every breath that you take is a miracle
I wanna sing with all my heart a lifelong song
Even if some notes come out right and some come out wrong
Cause I can’t take none of that through the door
Yeah, I’m living for more than just a funeral
I wanna burn brighter than the dawn
I got one life and one love
I got one voice, but maybe that’s enough
Cause with one heartbeat and two hands to give
I got one shot and one life to live
One life to live, yeah
And every breath you take is a miracle”
When I sing this song, my heart longs for a life of meaning and a life of purpose, a life worth living for. I don’t just want a life where I work, come home, make dinner, worry about losing weight, go to sleep and repeat. I want to chose to live a life full of people I love, full of happiness and full of adventure. I want to see all the world has to offer and I want to love the people around me deeply. I realize I can’t just live in a happy bubble and the things of this world will eventually weigh on me. But like Jon says in his song, ” I got one life and one love, I got one voice but maybe that’s enough. Cause with one heartbeat and two hands to give, I got one shot and one live to life. ”
What an experience it would be to truly use the two hands and two legs God gave me to live the best possible life, to influence those around me, to pursue relationships, to love without fail, to explore all corners of the world and to live my life with the kind of purpose God created me to have.
I don’t want a normal life. I don’t want to feel stuck in a cycle. And I don’t have to. It’s my life, I have ONE life and I can CHOSE to “live for more than just a funeral”. I can chose to affect those around me in a positive way, to cheer people up instead of putting people down. I can chose to love my husband and pursue him through marriage. I can chose to test my body’s limit.. to run further than I have, to see more than I thought possible. I can chose to love the broken, the rich and everyone in between.
I would love to look back on my life and KNOW that I have lived a life of purpose. I’m not talking about making sure people miss me when I’m gone, but between me and my Maker, knowing that I have taken everything life has thrown at me and truly LIVED LIFE WELL.
How easy is it to just sit back and cruise through life? I think about it on the daily. Is watching the latest and greatest show really important? Is sitting around in my house in order to “relax” instead of pursuing dreams and passions really worth it? Why do we hide from our neighbors? Why do we look at the ground when walking past a stranger instead of saying hi? I’ll be the first to admit that’s it’s not always easy to live a life of passion that “burns brighter than the dawn”… nor I have done 100 % (or even 50%) up to this point in my life. But I want to shrug off the coat I wear of anxiety and worry and I want to put on something that breathes and allows me to embrace all life has to offer.
Life could be a grand adventure and it’s up to you to make it that way. I want to use my life to impact others in a way that is glorifying to God because I believe God calls me to this. This is a challenge to you and me both, let’s live our lives WELL. Every moment counts, there is no better time to start a new, meaningful life than now.
– C & R