More to This Life
By Steven Curtis Chapman
Today I watched in silence as people passed me by,
And I strained to see if there was something hidden in their eyes;
But they all looked at me as if to say
Life just goes on.
The old familiar story told in different ways,
Make the most of your own journey from the cradle to the grave;
Dream your dreams tomorrow because today
Life must go on.
But there’s more to this life than living and dying,
More than just trying to make it through the day;
More to this life, more than these eyes alone can see,
And there’s more than this life alone can be.
Tonight he lies in silence staring into space,
And looks for ways to make tomorrow better than today,
But in the morning light it looks the same;
Life just goes on.
He takes care of his family, he takes care of his work,
And every Sunday morning he takes his place at the church;
And somehow he still feels a need to search,
But life just goes on.
So where do we start to find every part
Of what makes this life complete;
If we turn our eyes to Jesus we’ll find
Life’s true beginning is there at the cross where He died.
He died to bring us . . .
Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Steven Curtis Chapman’s (SCC or SC²) work. It’s amazing how God has used to man and his music to bless and encourage so many God Followers to make much of Him and make Him their Magnificent Obsession. It started a last Tuesday night when I figured I might as well watch “The Walk” DVD on SCC’s latest compilation, The Abbey Road Sessions (http://www.freshreleases.com/albums/1860.html).
As I listened to “For the Sake of the Call”, the thought of giving up everything do actively follow God’s call (which still isn’t crystal clear to me mind you) would be so wonderful-to truly “abandon it all…for the sake of the call.” When I think about the debt I still need to pay back from my time at USC, it’s like a giving up a game-winning home run. If you are able and willing, please pray for me regarding this over the long run. I have no idea how our God will totally make this pan out, but I’m trusting He will.
Because of this experience, I loaded all my SCC albums into my Scooby’s in-dash CD changer (chronologically of course). The lineup is as follows:
1) Signs of Life (1996)
2) Greatest Hits (1997)
3) Speechless (1999)
4) Declaration (2001)
5) All About Love (2002)
6) All Things New (2004)
As I drove down to Uncle Tony’s (Firth) house in Huntington Beach on Friday night (for our church’s high school leadership retreat), “More to This Life” really struck a chord. I don’t know what the chord was (G, D, or C j/k), but it made me think about how there really is more to this life than living and dying…more than just trying to make it through the day.
On Saturday, I asked Uncle Tony if spending time with the youths at our church ever made him feel like a father. He replied, “Sometimes the best things in life are other people’s things,” or something along those lines. To be honest, in my 24+ years of life, I have never heard that saying. Although I had never heard it before, I couldn’t help but to stop and think about what he had said. My almost immediate conclusion was that the saying was pretty much true through and through.
Since I was at Tony’s, he mentioned I could take the ‘Stang (2003 Ford Mustang GT Convertible) out of the “stable” and stretch its legs a little bit. I took Steve and Gabe Lee for a ride and then returned to Tony’s. I was far from done though! I picked up David Wong and gave him a ride too! If you see some fresh tire marks going Westbound on Newland at the intersection of Newland and Atlanta in Huntington beach, that was probably left by me burning out. After having our bit of fun, I throttled back on the heavy right foot usage and cruised around with David talking about serving on core-picking his brain and also sharing my $0.02 here and there. As a courtesy, I filled up Uncle Tony’s ‘Stang with some 91 oct. We started w/ less than a 1/4 tank and I used up at least 1/8-1/6 of the tank. I figured it’d be nice to plunk down for a whole tank since Uncle Tony serves God and us in countless and selfless ways. I was expecting at least a $40 hit, but it only came out to mid-thirty-something dollars. For all of you complaining about gasolines prices, remember, although they’re astronomically high, the price we pay for gasoline is CHUMP CHANGE compared to what people in Europe and Japan pay for their petrol. Let’s stop whining and SUCK IT UP (my opinion…you don’t have to agree by any means). All in all, after driving Uncle Tony’s Mustang again, I could definitely agree that the best things in life are other people’s! j/k
On Sunday morning, I drove back to church in Devoted Dan (what I call the Scooby/Subie I drive). It felt so nice to be back in it! Although it doesn’t have the straight line speed of the ‘Stang, I felt back at home! It’s like the ol’ saying, “It fits like a glove.” Every time I sit in and buckle up in the driver’s seat, I feel at home-most people’s cars are their homes away from home if you thing about average commute times and the amount of driving many of us do here in Southern California. As far as I know (AFAIK), Southern California is the largest automobile market in the world. It also has the highest number of vehicles per capita in the world.
For those of you who are extremely observant, you may notice I try not to say “my car” much. As much as I love it (some people would say obsess over it), I will immediately concede that it is not my own-it is God’s. Some will say I don’t need a car that “nice” (arguable) or that “fast” to go from point A to point B (and C and D and wherever else I need to go). I won’t argue with them one bit. I could “argue” that since I drove around in some Oldsmobiles (1993 Achieva S and 1997 Ciera SL) for a good amount of time, I was “entitled to” or “deserved” something better, but that simply wouldn’t be true. I wanted a Subaru Impreza WRX because it was an excellent mix of fun/fast/performance and practicality being a sports sedan. That, and my folks would never help me get a Camaro SS. Becoming a member of the Subaru “family” has also opened a world of opportunity to be a light God can use in a new community. I’ve met a handful of people in person that I never would’ve otherwise met if it weren’t for some of the online forums that exist for Subaru enthusiasts (NASIOC – North American Subaru Impreza Owners’ Club is the main one I lurk around on as GMooreFan1). The same can be true for my friend, Bryan Li (Xanga: Shinj1EVA). It’s been encouraging to hear how God has used his interest in the car he drives (2004 Acura TL) to meet and identify with other TL drivers.
Bringing this (yet another long) entry to a close, I want to encourage you all to spend some time reflecting on how there really is more to this life. The late John Lennon may have said it best when he said, “You can win the rat race, but you’ll still be a rat.”
University of Southern California Trojans versus University of Hawai’i Warriors this Saturday, September 3, 2005 @ 4 PM on the deuce, ESPN2. You can follow this year’s Trojans at www.usctrojans.com and also see the lighter side of QB Matt Leinart and RB Reggie Bush (a.k.a. “The President”) at www.MattReggieTV.com. On a side note, USC celebrates its 125th anniversary this October!!! FIGHT ON!
Hawaii stuns defending champs for Little League title
Last but not least, “Congratulations!” to the Little League baseball team from West O’ahu – Ewa Beach who won the Little League World Series (LLWS) in dramatic fashion with a walk-off game-winning solo home run by Michael Memea to knock off the defending champions from Willemstad, Curacao. The resilient Hawai’i team scored three runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to tie the game and force extra innings. Memea hit his solo shot in the bottom of the 7th inning to make history as his team became the first team from Hawai’i to win the LLWS.