faith, music

Day 3: “Shine”

The song that most strongly connects to yesterday’s post on comparison and inferiority for me is “Shine” by Christa Wells.

As a lover of music and an amateur songwriter myself, I have always loved learning the stories behind songs. It’s like peeking inside the open windows of a brightly lit living room on a dark night. It gives us a peek into the songwriter’s world. Read more, if you’d like, of her story behind this song here, here, and here.

I love the whole song, but I especially identify with the second verse. Christa wrote, “When I look back at the lyrics, ‘Yes, we could lay our talents in the earth’ that started way back when I was in college…I went home from college and attended a Bible study with a college pastor who preached on the parable of the talents. I had heard the parable and only thought it was about financial resources. I hadn’t thought about it as actual talents. The message felt directed right at me and I was convicted that I was the one with a small amount of talent and I was burying it. That was the seed of the idea that it’s not about you. It doesn’t even belong to you. It’s been handed to you to invest in it and grow it. I realized that burying the talent is not honoring to God who entrusted and gave it to you.”

Lyrics:
Yes, it’s hard to believe
When you’re well aware that you’re not what you mean to be
And your house is full of unfinished rooms
‘Cause you’re fond of starts, but you find it hard to follow through
You think you’re recognized by your faults
But the mirror that you hold is false
‘Cause you shine
 
He shines His light through a prism
We give back what we’re given
To color this, to color this
To color this world, color this world
Be the friend you never had
Be the one to take a stand
Say it your way, say it your way
Say it your own way
 
And it’s hard to believe
That I count as much as those on either side of me
‘Cause I don’t have it, whatever it takes
To be like them, they are gifted in so many ways
Yes, we could lay our talents in the earth
We could pile on the doubt like dirt
Or we can shine 
 
He shines His light through a prism
We give back what we’re given
To color this, to color this
To color this world, color this world
Be the friend you never had
Be the one to take a stand
Say it your way, say it your way
Say it your own way
 
Shine, we shine, His light refracted
Shine, we shine His light refracted
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6 thoughts on “Day 3: “Shine”

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  2. Lucy says:

    I loved the story behind the song.
    Your writtings are bringing many mmemories.
    Healing and blessing are coming through your words. Thank you.

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  3. wcjr11 says:

    Great lyrics! I think you already are so many of the things she talks about. I know we’re blessed by who you are, the kind of friend you are and the way you take a stand against the “easier” things of this world! You DO shine to us 🙂

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