Mar 7, 2008

I'm a Little Kid at a Three-Ring Circus

I was awakened this morning, once again, by Toby Mac. Not in person, of course, that would be a problem, but in my head -- his voice, his lyrics; he plays with words like he’s having so much fun, but the message is profound. When I’m struggling with something, it’s a Toby Mac lyric that redirects me.

This morning “Lose My Soul” was bouncing around my head. “I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose my soul…. Father God, I am clay in your hands. Help me to stay that way through all life’s demands, ‘cause they chip and they nag and they pull at me. And every little thing I make up my mind to be.

Something was chipping and nagging at me, leaving me tossing and turning at night. I have to let it go. Repeat and fade -- “Father God I am clay in your hands……”

Another Toby Mac song intrudes, “The dream is fading, now I'm staring at the door. I know it's over cause my feet have hit the cold floor. Check my reflection, I ain't feelin what I see. It's no mystery. Whatever happened to a passion I could live for? What became of the flame that made me feel more? And when did i forget ...
...I was made to love You. I was made to find You. I was made just for You, Made to adore You….I was made to love And be loved by You. You were here before me, You were waiting on me, And you said you'd keep me, Never would you leave me, I was made to love and be loved by You..


Here are a couple of phrases from his songs that bounce around my head a lot:

I'm reachin out, reachin up, reachin over. I feel a breeze cover me called Jehovah…”

Woke up this morning, I didn't know what to do. . .There was people all around me tellin' me to sing the blues. Said 'I Ain't seen no happy since 1992', Then they turned to me, thinking I'd agree and I offered this humble view, and I said . . . Love in the house and the house is packed…so much soul we left the backdoor cracked...”

When love is in the house, the house is packed. What an amazing concept, simple, but often ignored...... maybe just neglected .

And my final random lyric... “….I’m a little kid at a three-ring circus…” Aren’t there some days that perfectly describes your awe with God and His creation??!

I don't know which of these concepts you need today; I need all. Think about them all. Think about the theology laced throughout. Guess it's kind of a hip-hop version of the gospel. And who don't need that?

..... the original "lyrics" the words of Jesus Christ:

"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Matthew 16:25-27

PS - I think Toby Mac is Keith Green reincarnated. Remember how Keith Green would saturate his songs with in-your-face theology, padded with love?

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