The Reason For The World

One thing about social media (good or bad) is that it thrusts you into the lives of others. It’s almost scriptural in that we can rejoice with those rejoice and mourn with those that mourn. If there was a year 2011 version of the bible it was say “Like status updates with those that rejoice and unlike status updates with those who mourn”. Regardless, it can make or break your day when you care enough about your friends and read whats going on in their lives.

I post this today for several friends that are having a tough go of it. Maybe it’s for you as well. Remember there’s a reason for this world….

Maybe the reason for the pain
Is so we would pray for strength
And maybe the reason for the strength
Is so that we would not lose hope
And maybe the reason for all hope
Is so that we could face the world
And the reason for the world
Is to make us long for home

One Last Christmas

I was listening to Air1 today and they told this incredible behind the music story of the latest offering by Matthew West called “One Last Christmas”. As you may or may not know, when preparing for his latest CD, Matthew West spent time in a cabin writing music based on stories that people had emailed to him. The story of Dax Locke was one of the many he received. WARNING: This video has been known to cause a tear or two. For more information about how you can help the Locke family you can visit Matthew West’s web site (HERE)

Save A Place For Me

I seem to be on somewhat of a youtube posting trend lately. That being said, this song rocked my little world last week. With the recent passing of my Mom, songs like this one can really tug at the heart. There is one lyric that really jumped out at me. It is so true for how I honor my Mom and remember her life. It has become my prayer:

I wanna live my life just like you did

Make the most of my time just like you did

And I wanna make my home up in the sky

Just like you did

The Story Of Your Life

I received an email yesterday from a contact in Nashville named Matthew Faulkenbury. He wanted to let me know about an awesome opportunity to be a part of something special with singer/song writer Matthew West. Check this out:

For the past month or so he has rented a cabin here in Tennessee and has been reading thousands of stories and busily writing.  In the next few weeks he will be wrapping up at the cabin, though, and before he does we wanted to make sure we gave all of his fans a chance to submit their story.

That’s right, on the heels of his incredible CD “Something to Say“, Matthew West is offering each of us the opportunity to help him write his next album. If you’re not familiar with Matthew or his previous CD, he has a way of putting his journey into great songs and lyrics. I imagine this new project will be a part of all of our journeys as well. To submit your story, you can visit his site directly at THIS LINK. I can’t wait to hear the results!

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My Favorite Part


Now that the dust has cleared and the half marathon is but a memory, I have been reflecting on what was my favorite part of the entire experience. Honestly, there are so many great moments from Saturday, it is hard to pick just one. Meeting my wife at the finish line, having family here for the event, seeing friends along the course and accomplishing a goal are all pretty high on the list. There is one moment that I really believe was my favorite part of the day.

After making my way through the sea of people at the finish line, my son and one of my two daughters (the other was at a choir practice) met me for an embrace. I won’t soon forget that moment. While the picture above is not from Saturday, it was another one of “those moments” someone caught on film. As I held my son and daughter near, I simply said “we did it buddy…we did it”. You see I made a commitment several months ago to taking better care of myself for those that are counting on me. My favorite part was knowing I kept my promise.

The final 3 weeks of training, “The Boy” rode his bike next to me on some of my final runs. We had fun together and it made him a partner in the experience. If I had to pick one moment from Saturday, I would say that was my favorite part….

My Favorite Part by Matthew West

Better Late…

news_1200063595_matthew_westI have no idea how I missed this one. I have heard a lot of the songs on this CD on the radio so I should have known that this CD was released over a year ago. In case you missed it (like I did), I HIGHLY recommend the CD “Something to Say” by Matthew West. Even more, I recommend the special edition if you can find it. I downloaded the entire collection last week and it has been in constant rotation ever since.

Many of the songs you have probably heard on local radio. “Something to Say”, “You are Everything” and the current number one single “The Motions” are three reasons to download this CD today. However there are several other songs that I think I might like even more than those. Highlighted below are those which I recommend. What I like about Matthew West is his honesty. He has the gift of writing a song that sounds like something he would tell you over coffee.

One song in particular is called “The Moment of Truth”. It speaks to our need to re-visit those moments that meant so much (wedding day, birth of a child, salvation), when we’re about to make a decision that we wonder “what we’ve got to lose”. Such a great reminder that there are always other things at play that we can often forget about in “the moment”. I give “Something to Say” a better-late-than-never 4 out of 5!

“Something to Say Special Edition”

1. Intro
2. Something to Say
3. The Motions
4. You Are Everything
5. The Center
6. Save A Place for Me
7. Life Inside You
8. Safe And Sound
9. The Moment of Truth
10. A Friend In The World
11. All The Broken Pieces
12. Stop The World
13. Something To Say (Acoustic)
14. You Are Everything (Acoustic)
15. Only Grace (Acoustic)
16. More (Acoustic)
17. My Favorite Part (Acoustic)
18. The Day Before You (Acoustic)

Going Through The Motions

Kenny Chesney once sang the following:

“We all have a song that somehow stamped our lives takes us to another place and time”

I recently posed the question on facebook “what was your song and why?”. One of the responses was the Matthew West song “The Motions”. I recently did some follow up on that song and found out some interesting things that I was not aware of. Check this out:

In 2007, doctors at the Vanderbilt Voice Center in Nashville discovered a vascular polyp and hemorrhaged blood vessels on West’s vocal chord.  In addition to undergoing surgery, he was unable to speak for a total of two months following the diagnosis.  However, during this season of silence God refocused West’s priorities and renewed his purpose. (SOURCE)

It would appear that the song “The Motions” has certainly stamped Matthew West’s life. In recording and releasing it, it has impacted many others as well. How about you? Is there a song that has stamped your life? To the point of this song, are you going through the motions? For more inspiration and stories of people committing to stop going through the motions, check out Matthew’s web site (HERE).