If you haven’t had the chance to listen to Kris Allen’s “Live Like We Are Dying,” be ready for a #1 hit. Why? It applies to all of our lives. Let’s take in a few of the lines:
Our hearts are hungry for a food that won’t come
We could make a feast from these crumbs
Hmmm… what could we take this to mean? Maybe we search for all sorts of things that in the end tend to give us little fullfillment. Maybe we need to take our focus off of the big and bright shiny things that attract us and look at all the little things we have: friendships, love, family, shelter, faith and hope to name a few.
We only got 86 400 seconds in a day
To turn it all around or to throw it all away
Wow. Toss the catchy line aside and take the second like with a little more serious tone. Each day and with each decision we have the chance to take the rest of the day and based on what just happened or what we are going through we can mess up the rest of the day, or decide to turn what may have been bad around and find the good in it. For many people this line resounds with so much comfort and strength. We can take adversity and negativity and turn it around and not let it tromp our day.
And if your plane fell out of the skies
Who would you call with your last goodbyes
Should be so careful who we left out of our lives
So when we long for absolution, there’ll be no one on the line
I have learned over the past 6 months that things need to be dealt with head on. Now, this is much easier said than done and I am learning to practice what I preach, but this is true. Take the unanswered questions, the worry, guilt and misunderstandings out of your life by dealing with the problems and dealing with them immediatly when they arise. And also, set goals and dream your greatest dreams and work on achieving them by taking risks. There is nothing left to lose when you attempt your goals. If they turn out to be a dead end, you’ve learned new lessons and more importantly learned your strengths and weaknesses. New doors open and you can follow where they go, continuing to dream and follow where your heart leads you.
Now, I would be selfish and an ignorant youth if I left out the underlying themes of faith, hope, and love; all found under the guidance of God. So this song is not only “Christian influenced” but can reasonate with everyone no matter their background.
People will take this song for granted. But underneath it all Kris has allowed a message to be given that is so simple to take in but once it penetrates the soul, will consume and change millions.
Think about it and don’t shrug it off as another pop song.