I can say with almost 100% confidence that I know music. I have through good intelligence been called a music aficionado from time to time and I’m not bragging* when I say I have an impressive collection of songs in my iTunes library. So, when a melody crosses my ears I haven’t heard before, I take note. It’s a scientific truth that there are songs, lyrically wise, that might very well speak to our souls. When I hear these songs, I like to think of them as “WOW” moments. A particular time in an otherwise ordinary day that something urged me to think differently. Today, I had a WOW moment with a song written by Matt Redman entitled “10,000 Reasons.”
Just to be sure I confirmed with my good friend Google that Matt had actually written the tune, and it proved to be correct. I’ll tell you what, it is a stellar song on several fronts. The most prominent theme that seems to be displayed to me through dissecting the lyrics, is that we have plenty of things that we can complain about on a daily basis. But we have 10,000 reasons to be thankful. Life sometimes comes at us brutally and relentlessly hard. We have trials and tribulations, we have heartbreak and heartache. Disappointment and a false sense of entitlement are running rampant through our society. For most of us, our default setting is choosing to focus on what’s wrong. It’s the easy way out to play that character.
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me,
Let me be singing when the evening comes.
The above excerpt from the song particularly stuck out to me and contributed strongly to my WOW moment. What an excellent reminder that on a daily basis as I’m getting ready to complete my day that I should be focusing on giving thanks. Some days are harder than others to sing thanks, and I get that. But you need to sing nonetheless. Sing loudly so that others may hear you. It’s contagious, trust me. Practice giving thanks for one week, and let the benefits of it infiltrate your being. Think of it as a one week Happiness Membership. If you don’t like it, return it for a full refund. As for me; I’m alive, I have good health, and I have people that want to invest in me daily. I have 10,000 reasons to be thankful.
*OK, I’m bragging a little. At last count, it was over 34,000.