Thursday, September 4, 2008

This is your life

Lately the song This is your life by Switchfoot has been really challenging me. You can download it legally (and free!) here.

Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you've broken
Don't close your eyes, don't close your eyes
This is your life and today is all you've got now
Yeah, and today is all you'll ever have
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything that you dreamed that it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose?

Yesterday is a kid in the corner
Yesterday is dead and over
Don't close your eyes

It is seriously so easy to live on autopilot just cruising through life ending up at another new year wondering why your new years resolutions look strangely similar to the resolutions you make last new year and probably the one before that too. How easy is it to get to the end of the week and realize how much time you've wasted doing things that are utterly unproductive or even unhealthy? Been there, done that a few too many times! How would things be different if everyday we asked "is this who i wanna be?" How different would our schedules look if we asked ourselves if what we are spending our time on was consistent with the type of person we wanted to be? How different would our spending be if we asked whether what we are spending money on is helping or hindering us in becoming what what we wanted to be? To be perfectly honest, if i was really good at this my life would look quite different. I'm trying though. For me, some of the things this means includes trying to organize my time a bit better so i can spend some time volunteering for some charity projects. It means attempting to cut back on buying stuff i really don't need (got a long way to go on that one!) It means taking the time to properly read (not just skim through) the bible and other worthwhile books

So, how about you? This is your life, Are you who you wanna be?


  1. hello
    Greeting from EGYPT,
    it is really sensitive song
    it is effusive
    hope be a frinds
    c u

  2. lovely that song.
    i am who i want to be..but it's Him that makes me beautiful you know?


  3. Hey, just wanted to drop you a note to say how much i love your comment on SfSL's "Since when are men stupid" post. Beautiful, beautiful.

  4. Joanna,

    Hey there! I just saw your comment on my blog, but wasn't sure how else to get in touch with you. Tell you what, if you want the song, email me at We'll get something worked out! :)

    (And I'm hoping BandBox goes int'l by the end of September!!)


    Tara Jackson :)

  5. I was just listening to this song the other day... it is really beautiful and I am going to listen to it again after reading this thoughtful insight....

    awesome blog

    be random


  6. I love this song. Very thought-provoking commentary, too. :)

  7. I want to be better tomorrow than I was today. I want to look at the end of my day and say, "There's nothing I would have done differently." I want to be exhausted from giving of myself, but stay up even longer to pray for another day that's just like what I've described. I want to live large and breathe God in, one huge gulp after another; to exhale His life into all around me.

  8. That is a great song and a great band. I went to their father's church for a long time. I love their song "The Economy of Mercy" too.

    As I'm getting older, one thing I'm so aware of is that our time here on earth is short and precious. When I was 14 my mother died of a weird rare disease. Our family doctor who was also my friend's father sat me down and gave me some great advice. He said "there's no way of knowing if you'll get what your mother had... if you do you'll probably die. Make sure you really live your life and take advantage of the time you have." That always stuck with me and I'm so glad. I've lived 3 lifetimes already. I'm almost 50 and so many of my friends are just now waking up and realizing they have let their lives slip by. If you are already realizing how important it is to live a life that matters, you are a blessed woman and your life will be different. What a gift that is. Love the blog... sorry about rambling. :) Linda B