Two Ways to Stand (A Tribute to Rich Mullins)

Two Ways to Stand (A Tribute to Rich Mullins)

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There are two ways to stand, figuratively speaking.

One way is to pull ourselves up by the boot straps and convince ourselves that we can do it.

The other way is to realize there are no boot straps… only the promises of God that assure us we can do it.

The late Rich Mullins was one of my all-time favorite singer/songwriters.  He penned the most intricate lyrics and played more authentically than anyone.

His song, If I Stand is my very favorite.

So if I stand, let me stand on the promise, that You will pull me through
And if I can’t, let me fall on the grace, that first brought me to You…

(If you have a minute, scroll down and read all of the lyrics to this song.  They are profound and beautiful.)

I think this came to mind today because I have been trying to pull myself up by the boot straps and it isn’t working.  Only for a few moments am I able to carry the backpack of life, before I crumble under the weight.

Can you relate?

We can be our own cheerleaders for only so long, before our spunk runs out, and we drop the pom-pons.

We can gear up for the big race, only to run out of steam before the first mile marker.

But with every word that comes from the mouth of God, we can not only stand, but remain standing.  

His promises say that He will never leave us or forsake us.  That He will go before and behind us.  That He will be the lifter of our heads…

Sounds a lot better than the disillusionment of broken boot straps, doesn’t it?  Those will eventually fail us.  But our God never will.

~Jennifer

There’s more that rises in the morning
Than the sun
And more that shines in the night
Than just the moon
It’s more than just this fire here
That keeps me warm
In a shelter that is larger
Than this room
And there’s a loyalty that’s deeper
Than mere sentiments
And a music higher than the songs
That I can sing
The stuff of Earth competes
For the allegiance
I owe only to the giver
Of all good things
CHORUS:
So if I stand let me stand on the promise
That you will pull me through
And if I can’t, let me fall on the grace
That first brought me to You
And if I sing let me sing for the joy
That has born in me these songs
And if I weep let it be as a man
Who is longing for his home
There’s more that dances on the prairies
Than the wind
More that pulses in the ocean
Than the tide
There’s a love that is fiercer
Than the love between friends
More gentle than a mother’s
When her baby’s at her side
And there’s a loyalty that’s deeper
Than mere sentiments
And a music higher than the songs
That I can sing
The stuff of Earth competes
For the allegence
I owe only to the Giver
Of all good things
And if I weep let it be as a man
Who is longing for his home
~Rich Mullins

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