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Friday, February 5, 2010

"Backing Down"? Don't Think So...

...at least, not with this as my inspiration. ;)
I'm at war with the world and they
Try to pull me into the dark
I struggle to find my faith
As I'm slippin' from your arms
It's getting harder to stay awake
And my strength is fading fast
You breathe into me at last...

I'm awake, I'm alive,
Now I know what I believe inside
Now it's my time
I'll do what I want 'cause this is my life
Here, right now!
I'll stand my ground and never back down
I know what I believe inside
I'm awake and I'm alive...

I'm at war with the world 'cause I
Ain't never gonna sell my soul
I've already made up my mind
No matter what, I can't be bought or sold
When my faith is getting weak
And I feel like giving in
You breathe into me again...

I'm awake, I'm alive,
Now I know what I believe inside
Now it's my time
I'll do what I want 'cause this is my life
Here, right now!
I'll stand my ground and never back down
I know what I believe inside
I'm awake and I'm alive...

Bridge:
Waking up Waking up, Waking up Waking up
Waking up Waking up, Waking up Waking up
In the dark, I can feel you in my sleep
In your arms I feel you breathe into me
Forever hold this heart that I will give to you
Forever I will live for you!

I'm awake, I'm alive,
Now I know what I believe inside
Now it's my time
I'll do what I want 'cause this is my life
Here, right now!
I'll stand my ground and never back down
I know what I believe inside
I'm awake and I'm alive...
          awake and alive by skillet

Skillet isn't normally my inspiration band--more like my "turn it up sing it loud wake me up" band. While this song is a "turn it up sing it loud wake me up" song, it's also a "turn it up listen to words be moved" song.

Take a look at these words again:
I'll stand my ground and never back down.
I'm not going to build a Bible study around a Skillet song (or will I? You never know! *winks*), but I needed the wake-up call. I have not been standing my ground in regard to what I believe in. Even in church, I don't comment when others swear profusely, make crude or cutting remarks, or act immodestly. I just kind of half-laugh while rolling my eyes--but I don't say anything.

I don't defend those who are getting beat up on. I don't reach out to the kid who is sitting alone.

After all, it's my reputation I'm trying to protect. A "cool", "popular" person wouldn't be defending and reaching out to the "un-cool," "un-popular" people. (I put those words in quotations because God doesn't believe in a "cool" or "un-cool" person...though, unfortunately, I do. But, believe me, that's gonna change.)

Nuh-uh. Not a good attitude.

One of the things I have been praying most hard about this week is that God would give me unconditional love. Love for everyone--not just my friends.

This trait is the one I love most about God--that, and his grace (after which I was named after... "Rebekah Grace," my full name). God has unconditional love: for the poor, for the broken, and for the "un-cool", as well as for the rich, for the righteous, and for the supposedly "cool". To truly be after His Spirit, I must strive after this unconditional love myself.

Anyways--just thought I'd share the lyrics and my thoughts with you. :)

9 replies:

KENZY said...

What a great song!

Kailyn said...

Loved this post, and I definitely agree! There are times when it's SO hard to stand up for what's right and speak out against what someone else may be doing. It's so much easier to go with the crowd -- to fit in! I struggle with this so much! I'll definitely be praying for you! Thanks for posting about this! :)

♥ Kailyn

[Laurea] said...

Hi! I just found your blog and it's awesome! I totally agree! In school, there's a poster that says: "What is right may not always be popular. What is popular may not always be right." Cool post!

[Laurea]

Jessica Faith said...

great post - great song!! hugs bekah!! (p.s. why aren't you going on the youth trip that hannah, alex, and jake were talking about?)
Hugs!! :)

Morgan said...

I LOVE that song Bekah! We like the same music! haha!

But it is SO true. Skillet is usually my rock-out music, but when I think about the lyrics - its like a brick to the forehead.

Much love,
Morgan

Alexandra said...

=] Very Inspirational.

Bekah said...

Hey Jessica--

Well, the thing that Hannah, Al and Jake are on is with their church, and I don't go to their church. Doesn't it sound awesome?

Love,
Bekah

Jordyn said...

Ah, amazing post, Bekah. I totally agree. I see myslef doing the same thing at church. It really only takes one person to make a change, and I believe you're that girl!

Love ya,

Jordyn

PS: We need to chat or talk or SOMETHING before the retreat, okay? Good. :)

Jeff said...

VERY impressive blog! When reading it, it is hard to believe that you, as the author, are only 12! Excellent work, and you are extremely talented!

...I don't comment when others swear profusely, make crude or cutting remarks, or act immodestly.

I can relate, because I don't always say anything either (to my shame). When my relatives use God's Name in vain, I am usually silent. Almost any TV show, and most movies, will use God's Name/Jesus' Name in vain, or use various curse words, or use sexual innuendos. I try to change the channel when I hear them use God's Name in vain on TV, but I confess that I have not done it every time. When I play Internet games that have text chat and audio voice chat, people have used God's Name in vain or various curse words or sexual innuendos, and I have not always spoken up. Several weeks ago, one young person was using Jesus' Name in vain, and I said, "Please stop cursing." He replied, "That's not a curse word!" I was shocked that so many people today are so biblically illiterate and so immoral that they don't even see anything wrong with using God's or Jesus' Name in vain, which is breaking one of the Ten Commandments!

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