friends. i have found a new love. songwriting.
i have often said that my goal is to find as many ways as i possibly can to tell the true story of Jesus. this is just the next new way that God is allowing me to do that. and i freaking love it.
i’m enchanted by the process, the craftsmanship, the team effort it requires and the results.
i believe it is great stewardship of a good idea to trap it in a song. it has an endless life cycle that is many time enjoyed more, the more times it is experienced. you might watch your favorite movie a handful of times… but a song… you will put on repeat. you will share. you will think about. i just love the nature of what a song provides.
when i first started wanted to write a song it was all about a certain song i wanted to write.
We know that everyone around us has pain… so at our best we try to extend grace.
then i started realizing something adults (eh hem, myself) were kinder to each other than they were to kids they encountered.
but somehow when it comes to kids, i think we(I) default to thinking: that just because they are smaller, they should just obey and listen to us (whether they are our own or not) and we(I) forget that they have a story, too. many kids have more pain in their lives than you or i. and they are powerless to change their situation. unlike adults, kids are trapped in whatever situation the adults around them have put them in.
so… i wanted to write a song that was convicting… would move people to action … to love…
which is not altogether horrible, but if my premise is to look in love, then i also have to look at those who i’m trying to encourage with that same love.
you’ve possibly read about “THE LOVE FILTER” before, and in fact, you will see the thought process behind the song from months ago.
anyway, here is where i landed… i dont need a convicting song. or tearjerker. i want to remind people about the love they have been shown and encourage them to show the same love.
in a writing session with one of my favorite worship leaders and voices ever, Jordan Reynolds… we finally wrote the song that has been in my heart and mind all of this time. the song that started my journey, even though it’s not the first song i’ve written.
i’m so stoked and can’t wait to have a recorded version that i can share
this is the chorus:
people are crying,
inside they’re dying
that’s why you gotta keep trying
if someone needs a helping hand
give em both and help ‘em stand
you don’t always have to agree
just give them the love that you need.