A Life Lesson…

Music notes

Recently I was thinking about my mom and something that I learned from her later in life…

I can’t remember the exact words surrounding this life lesson, but do remember that it came up in conversation about “high maintenance people” and the statement she said to me that forever made an impact on my life was this:  “There are a lot of hurting people in this world Nan.”  Honestly, I had never thought about the people in my life as hurting (they were “high maintenance” instead) and it opened my eyes.  So… I started searching to see how correct her statement was.  I didn’t have to look long or hard and that discovery made me take a long, hard look at how I was treating people and how self absorbed I was.

The journey to open up my heart to others hasn’t always been easy.  I am a quiet, ‘keep to myself’ kind of girl… but this girl is striving to be more and more like my Savior, Jesus Christ.  Through Him, I find I can take the hand of someone hurting,  pour love into them, and point them to Jesus, our Ultimate Healer.

I found this song a few months ago and absolutely LOVE it!  (The lyrics are listed below the video.)

Samaritan’s Heart by Greater Vision
One day a traveler journeyed down the road to Jericho
He was beaten by some thieves and left to die
Teachers of religion and the law came near to where he lay
but the Levi and the Priest just past him by
He wondered if the God they served had a heart of stone
Does he walk on by whenever we’re in pain
All at once he saw a stranger reaching out with loving kindness
He healed his wounds and put him on the right way.

(Chorus:)
He didn’t need the law that would teach him right from wrong and how he’d sinned
Religion couldn’t help him mend the shattered broken pieces back again
He was hoping for one person who would open up their heart and take the time
Lord, grant that I would show your light, that that Samaritan’s heart would be mine.

I too was like that traveler who walked down that road of sin
Wounded by the thief and left to die
I tried religion and the law, but couldn’t find my way
It seemed that help would always pass me by
Would the choices that I made in life curse my soul forever
Could God forgive me of my past mistakes
All at once I saw a nail scarred hand reach out with loving kindness
He healed my wounds and put me on the right way.

(Chorus #2:)
I didn’t need the law that would teach me right from wrong and how I’d sinned
Religion couldn’t help me mend the shattered broken pieces back again
I was hoping for one person who would open up their heart and take the time
Just like that Samaritan, Lord, I thank you that you did not pass me by.

(Bridge:)
There’s a host of broken people lying by the dusty road
God’s touch is what they’re needing, it’s up to us to lead them home.

(Chorus #3:)
Cause they don’t need the law that would teach them right from wrong and how they’d sinned
Religion will not help them mend the shattered broken pieces back again
The just need one person who will open up their heart and take the time
Lord, grant that I would show your light, that that Samaritan’s heart would be mine.

(Tag:)
Lord, grant that I would show your light, that that Samaritan’s heart would be mine.

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