My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-8-14)

  1. Bethel Live (18)
  2. JAY-Z (8)
  3. Shane & Shane (8)
  4. U2 (8)
  5. Switchfoot (8)



I Make a Mess of Me

The rock group Switchfoot released a new album this week, and the second track is song called “Mess of Me.” The song’s chorus declares:

I’ve made a mess of me I wanna get back the rest of me
I´ve made a mess of me I wanna spend the rest of my life alive
I´ve made a mess of me I wanna reverse this tragedy
I´ve made a mess of me I wanna spend the rest of my life alive
The rest of my life alive! 

Lately, I have been contemplating on a passage from the Bible that says:

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

The song “Mess of Me” is a personal reminder that when I try to order my own life I tend to make a mess of it. I inevitably turn my focus toward financial gain and prestige, instead of focusing on the “good things” I was created to do.

A mash-up of the song lyric and the passage makes me picture a “masterpiece” of sculpture, like Michelangelo’s David, shattered and scattered across the floor in little shards of marble. It was created anew as a spectacular piece of art and now it is reduced to a pile of rubble. I would hate to get to the end of my life and say, I have made a mess of me, and I wish I would have spent my life alive. The amazing thing is God continuously gives me the opportunity to live the life he created for me. I don’t have that kind of patience!