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The Truth in Lyrics

December 27, 2012

I’ve been a fan of Mumford & Sons for over a year now.  I wasn’t hipster enough to be a fan of theirs before they got big, but now that I am a fan, I’ve embraced it for what it’s worth.  While critics will claim that a lot of their stuff sounds the same, I’m too drawn to their lyrics to let any continuity in melodic or instrumentation get in the way of translating some of the truth they speak.  I’ve tweeted their lyrics countless times, and feel like I should give them some credit where it’s due.  In particular, their song Awake My Soul always punctuates my thoughts.  In particular, the line, “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.”  I’ve blogged about this before, how everyone has a love or passion for something, and they have somewhere they invest it.  It may not be terribly obvious for everyone, but it’s there.

I was talking with my best friend Erin the other day about hope.  She had found an image on Pinterest that had Zechariah 9:12 written on it: “Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.”  We talked for a bit about what we’re prisoners of hope to.  I made absolutely no sense, and she made tons of sense.  I attempted (and failed) to explain what my hope is in, but Erin is great at articulating how she sees it.  Erin has hope in finding the best in people, and it’s incredible.  Sometimes I see myself doing the same thing, but not to the extent that she does – she is so passionate about giving people credit for what’s good in them, which is why I wasn’t surprised when she said that she was a prisoner of hope.  She has so much hope in finding the best in someone, in a relationship, in co-workers, in lots of aspects of life.

It seems at times though eventually even in the best of circumstances, our hope will never be fulfilled in earthly things.  Even having the most hope in something, and being temporarily gratified when something goes well and we can see a ‘light’ or when things seem to make some sense – it’s never permanent.  Is it?  Investing time in things that aren’t going to outlast you doesn’t make sense to me.  

Think about athletes.  They invest their time in practicing, playing, scrimmaging, and ultimately in trying to win games.  So they can get a ring, or jersey, or trophy.  So what outlives them is a number, a rusty trophy, or a piece of jewelry.  What are you trying to leave behind? Is it important to you?

We invest our love in things that we want to invest our life in.  Athletes invest their life in the game because it’s How are you investing your love?  What are you a prisoner of hope to?  I’m a prisoner of hope to furthering The Kingdom.  I’m a prisoner of hope to the unending love that was shown me on The Cross.  I’m a prisoner of hope to The King.

Living that is a daily thing though.  I was telling a friend the other day, that I feel like I live a life of death sometimes – I deserved death, but I got life – so why don’t I live that?  Why don’t I live a joyful life of hope in what the King has for me?  There are lots of answers to this question, and I won’t bore you with the answers, but I will leave you with this: your life’s love is revealed in what you invest your life in.

If you have time, check out this neat Mumford video from a tour of theirs in 2009.  

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jackk permalink
    February 4, 2014 11:14 pm

    Hope. It’s a word use to represent a feeling. A feeling that a positive action or event will happen that you have no control over. It seems to me that one would not want to be a prisoner of hope. Because it would mean that they have no control of what makes them who they are or want to be. Taken another way, say you are a bridge designer or skyscraper architect who is passionate about their work. Should you the end user want the designer to “hope” their project will be safe and sturdy? Will you have hope that when you work on the top floor that you will be safe? Hope for no earth quakes, nor fires?
    I was taught that god says he helps those who help themselves. Given that, I pray that the designer does not hope the design works, but he takes a proactive approach to model and test his designs. To work out possible hazards and design a way to thwart mishaps. In other words do not live on hope but go forth and DO actions to make things happen. A close relative to hope is faith. The designer has faith that in his practice of designing the project, it has a process that produces success.
    Now to address things that outlast you. If you have hope to do things that outlast yourself it must be pretty big. Something that takes a lifetime of achievement. But as my good friend frosty says. Put one foot in front of the other and soon you will be walking out the door. Cheekiness aside, there are many things you focus on like rungs on a ladder. You learn to walk then run. You learn to communicate then influence others. You take on a course of study to be a force. Force meaning a passion or will to achieve by leveraging what you learned. All along the way you earn awards, achievements and accolades which will likely not outlast you. But they were all a necessary rungs to get you to the top.

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