The hardest part about writing a post about Journey’s, Don’t Stop Believin’ is having that song stuck in your head all week long. I’m not sure who hates it more at this point, me or my family, who has had to endure me trying to sing it.
I love pretty much all music…Alternative Electric, New Country, Hip Hop (mostly from the ’90s), old school Blues, and, of course, ’80s hair bands. I especially love to sing, and I can sort of carry a tune. However, if you put me in the garage with an old Mötley Crüe album and some earbuds, it absolutely sounds like a gang of cats Kung Fu fighting.
God has given my daughter a beautiful voice. The worship team at church and her middle school music teacher did a fantastic job helping her find the right songs to sing. Cora knows her key. After a season of listening to Cora Falalalalalala-ing and a year of self-discovery (thank you 2020), I wondered how much happier and productive I would be if I stopped trying to be something God didn’t create me to be.
What if I simply sang in my key?
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain…” 1 Corinthians 15:10
There is freedom in coming to terms with who God made you. If I am living out the extraordinary life that God has called me to, Not trying to be someone else, Then it seems logical that it would free up some space for someone else to do that in the same way. It is quite harmonious when you think about it.
I am sure you know that word harmony means “singing together” and “creating a pleasant sound”. But did you remember that it also means “interacting in a peaceful agreement”. Harmonies can usher in a wave of contentment for those listening.
Music is so powerful that it can fill us with Hope, leads us to Love, and even make us dance with Joy. And when I’m singing God’s song, in the key He gave me, there’s often a supernatural melody that alters not only my heart but those around me.
Is there something you’re doing, living, or dreaming about that sets itself up in opposition to the key you should be singing? Have you been singing someone else’s song? The beginning of this year sets you up naturally for an opportunity for some self-examination and introspection about what song you need to be singing in 2021. Step into it. This world needs your song.
Oh, one more thing. When you’re singing in your key, and you come across some haters, remember that contentment never came from a squabbling committee but an audience of one.
We will get through this together!
In his service and at yours.