Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Success and Switchfoot

In thinking about success, what it is and what makes us successful, I stumbled across some lyrics off of Switchfoot's coming album 'Oh Gravity'.
There's some thought provoking stuff here. It makes me question where I spend my time and what I put my effort into. The song focusses generally on material things - money - excess - company goals, things that the greater world say make us successful. The question is what is success in the eyes of God? How does that impact on us and our lives, what we apply our time and efforts towards? How does that reflect in how we bring up our children, what we push them to do to be a success? How do we lead them out of 'the machine'?Anyway, did Jesus ever talk about success?

American Dream (Switchfoot 2006)
When success is equated with excess
The ambition for excess wrecks us
As top of the mind becomes the bottom line
When success is equated with excess

If your time ain’t been nothing for money
I start to feel really bad for you, honey
Maybe honey, put your money where your mouth’s been running
If your time ain’t been nothing but money

I want out of this machine
It doesn’t feel like freedom

This ain’t my American dream
I want to live and die for bigger things
I’m tired of fighting for just me
This ain't my American dream

When success is equated with excess
When we’re fighting for the Beamer, the Lexus
As the heart and soul breath in the company goals
Where success is equated with excess

‘Cause baby’s always talkin’ ‘bout a ring
And talk has always been the cheapest thing
Is it true would you do what I want you to
If I show up with the right amount of bling?

Like a puppet on a monetary string
Maybe we’ve been caught singing
Red, white, blue, and green
But that ain’t my America,
That ain’t my American dream

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