As a teacher of 6th graders, I hear all sorts of things on a daily basis. Things that I don’t want to hear and things that I don’t ask to hear. Either they just tell me or they don’t know how to whisper and I end up hearing everything. At times I am left with no words. Hearing what the kids are talking about gives me great insight in what’s going on in their heads and even more than that, their hearts.
One day, a few of my girls wanted to sing a song for me and a small group of students. So we listened to them sing. It was a nice moment! Surprisingly they had great voices. As they were singing I couldn’t help but listen very closely to the words.
After hearing this song for the first time as my students sang a part of it, I decided to give the whole song a listen when I got home that night. It seemed like an okay song – didn’t have any bad language and wasn’t derogatory or inappropriate. It was self-esteem and confidence boosting. But no. All of the lyrics were about me, myself and I. After listening, I googled Billboard music’s top 100 songs, and of course, Roar by Katy Perry was #2 on the charts.
Here are some of the lyrics of the song –
Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero
You held me down, but I got up
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now
I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Katy Perry and all of your dedicated fans, you all are missing the point. We can’t earn our stripes. But by His stripes we are healed. We can’t save ourselves. But the only reason He came was to save. We can’t see it all. But He does; He doesn’t miss a thing.
You and me, we are nothing without Jesus Christ.
The picture above explains our exact state. We are kittens trying to make someone hear us. We are kittens trying to have a voice. We are kittens trying to roar. We may think we are cute while doing it, but we aren’t. We are just like my 10-12 year old students who are trying to find their identity and who have the absolute wrong idea about what life is all about.
The reality is, no one is ever going to hear you when you do it your way. You may think that you have so many things going for you – you’re making all A’s and B’s, you’re on your bosses good side and all of your coworkers love you, your parents still pay for your food and gas, no one at church has discovered your fake life, you are in love with the guy/girl of your dreams — but let’s get real, you’re walking with the world. Nothing you’re doing is because of Him, it’s all because of you. It’s because you want to roar. You want someone to hear you. And the funny part is, the only One who does hear your every comment and cry, you can’t seem to accept. You don’t want to accept that there is a God who hears you. There is a God who is for you. There is a God who knows your every move. No, you want to believe that it’s just you against the world. When in reality, it’s you and the world fighting against and running away from the love of God.
Our minds are set on one of two things – the world or Christ.
What points us to fill our minds with things of the world? Well, there are hundreds of thousands of things. Practically everything.
What points us to be filled with Christ? Two things: sincere prayer and the Word of God.
That’s pretty profound. Just 2 things. Not 10, not 5, not even 3, just 2.
Let me ask you this again – What points us to fill our minds with things of the world? Practically everything. The cars we drive/want, the money we make, the careers we’re after, the higher education we tirelessly aim for, the boyfriend/girlfriend we “love”, the people-pleasing that we do, the double-life that we try our best to maintain, the filthy mouth, the influences of popular culture – all of these things point us to the world. And at the root of it all, they point us to ourselves and our own selfish desires.
We don’t want to admit that we are selfish, but there’s no denying the truth. We are selfish. The first step is to recognize that. If you continue to ignore your selfishness, you will forever be a kitten trying to let out a roar. You must recognize that you need the Savior to redirect and take over your thoughts and desires. If you’re wondering what else you can possibly do to change what fills your heart, remember there are just two things – prayer and digging deep into the Word. Without these two things transforming us continuously, there is no question about what our minds will be set on.
You can’t serve two masters. It’s either you or Him.
Who will you choose to live for today?