Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hannah Montana Devotional


Feel free to make fun of me for this post. No, really. If you were to write it, I might do the same. Besides, those of you who have been reading this blog for very long know that I'm not easily offended.

The thing is, I think it's important to write from your own life experience; to come from your heart. The very best reads (for me anyway) are those where a person can wrap a piece of themselves into the story. So that's what I'm attempting to do.

I'm a 43 year old (soon to be 44 - early August, I like flip flops, size 10, or a really nice 1-1/2" sash brush from Sherwin Williams, BTW) ADD afflicted wife, mother, small business owner, school volunteer, blogger and church planter. I am attempting to live my life in a way that honors God. I fail miserably on a pretty regular basis. I beat myself up about it, say a prayer, and try again the next day. One day at a time. I see God in the big and the small things. I don't think we have to sit on a beach or gaze down from a mountain to experience His majesty. (Even though I've always found His presence overwhelmingly strong when I have been able to do that.)

In some ways indulge my kids. When we're in the car, unless there's a song on that I really like, I let them pick what they want to listen to. I've been listening to quite a bit on Hannah Montana lately. Specifically, the soundtrack from her new movie. There's one in particular that I really relate to. It reminds me that, while it's good to have goals, life is more about the journey, not the destination. My life striving to become closer to Jesus is like that too. I'm never going to get where I need to be this side of eternity, but I want to make the most of the journey, and bring as many as I can along for the ride.



The Climb

I can almost see it
That dream I’m dreaming but
There’s a voice inside my head sayin,
You’ll never reach it,
Every step I’m taking,
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but I
Got to keep trying
Got to keep my head held high

There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I'm going to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing,
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes they might knock me down but
No I’m not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m going to remember most yeah
Just got to keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on, cause
There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I'm going to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb
There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Somebody's you're going to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb
Keep on moving
Keep climbing
Keep the faith baby
It’s all about
It’s all about
The climb
Keep the faith
Keep your faith

So, yeah - God speaks to me in the quiet times, when I'm worshipping him in a corporate setting, or when I'm singing "The Climb" at the top of my lungs in my car with my daughter begging me to stop from the back seat.

It's all about the climb. Keep the faith, baby!

11 comments:

jasonS said...

Your kids beg you to stop too? My wife will just turn off the music. If there's music I'm singing, I can't help it. And as for Hannah Montana, I can't say I've worshipped with Miley Cyrus, but I did once worship to a Savage Garden song so there you go...

wv: hipiti -as in, hipiti hop is one of my favorite styles of music.

Candace Jean July 16 said...

Thanks for the lyrics - I don't do well at figuring them out and have been known to butcher a few quite inappropriately.

Transparency - this is the first time I've heard Miley. Yes, I've been under a rock. But I would totally buy this song just for the lines:
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb
I wish I would enjoy the climb more, rather than just putting notches in my belt.

And you would ask me to stop singing, too. Or sing Far, Far Away

Mare said...

Had to read the lyrics without listening to the video because I didn't want to laugh before I took it seriously. Only you could do such wonders with hannah montana that I actually didn't need to laugh but instead think a little deeply. only you.

great song lyrics. all about the climb...so true.

sherri said...

I know that no one will be shocked but I've always like this gal!

It is a great song and she seems to be very grounded to be a mega star at such a young age.

*I bet she was beggin' Daddy to stop singing "ACHY BREAKY HEART"!

wv: dearn

"Dearn it Liza, turn that there radio down!"

Annie K said...

I think it's realizing we're not big failures every day but human and imperfect. I've been known to tell myself on a regular basis I was a failure and I had to stop because it landed me deeper in the pit. Now I just say 'that's so Annie, Lord help me.'

Oh, and the mountains and rivers do help...!

Billy Coffey said...

I've been trying to sheild my daughter from the tsumani that is Hannah Montana for a couple years now.

It won't work. Miley Cyrus is bigger than I am. Sad, but true.

I do, however, really like this song. And now that I've clicked on your little video thingy, I'll have it in my head all day.

I'll let you know later if that was a good thing or not.

Helen said...

Your right, it is a very good song. But what do I know? I left Billy Joel's "A Matter of Trust" as my anthem on SCL this weekend with the verse John 14:1. It makes sense to me...

Marni said...

I took my daughters to see the Hannah Montana movie on its opening day (HUGE mistake). But, we loved the movie ;-) And when I heard her sing "The Climb" it made me cry. There, I said it. Publically.

But the song reminded me of Jesus and my walk with Him, thus the tears...

PS-my youngest listens to the CD on her headphones thru the DVD player JUST to keep me from singing along.

Marni said...

Oh snap! Our local Christian radio station (number 1 in the country in ratings, thank you very much) just totally played "The Climb"...Miley, my girl, you have arrived in Jesus-world. Get it girl!!

c. ellen said...

Just for the record, I saw a flag routine done to this tonight in a middle school talent show. Seriously.

katdish said...

c ellen -

Wow. That sounds, um...craptastic!