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Posted on Dec 26, 2012 in 25 Days of Christmas Songs, Humility, Values

Life Means So Much

Now that my series, 25 Days of Christmas Songs is over, I find myself still wanting to write about songs, but can’t really justify writing about Christmas songs anymore. Sure, I’m one that thinks Christmas isn’t over yet, at least not until New Years Day, but I probably shouldn’t write about more Christmas songs.

Instead, I wanted to just bring you the lyrics to one more song. It’s not a Christmas song, but a song with a theme that comes up in Christmas music.

We’ve heard the sayings, “can’t it be Christmas all year long”, “the spirit of Christmas lives all year” and “Oh that we could always see, such spirit through the year.”

We hear them and even repeat them, but how often do we actually try to live them?

So, what if this year, we tried? What if, instead of just taking down the decorations and storing the spirit of Christmas on a shelf until the next year, what if we lived Christmas all year long?

Can you imagine what our year would look like if we did? I know this spirit of selflessness and giving is one that I admire, but I often resort to motives of selfishness and pride. If I stop for a moment and think about all the possible ways I could live life in such a way, I can quickly see how great a difference I could make. Could you imagine what your life would be like if you gave more than you took this year? What if you lifted others up more than you sought out your own exaltation? What if you truly started putting others before you?

And that’s kind of the idea right, to take advantage of every opportunity, to seize the day and other pithy one-liners? I guess that’s why I like this song so much. Chris Rice does such an astounding job of illustrating what opportunity each day holds.

So, I leave you with the lyrics from one more song this Christmas season. Actually, one more song and a choice. Will you abandon the spirit of Christmas or will you try to fill your journal pages with selflessness and humility? We will not be perfect in our endeavor, but I believe if we try, we can make a wonderful impact on our world!

Every day is a journal page
Every man holds a quill and ink
And there’s plenty of room for writing in
All we do is believe and think
So will you compose a curse
Or will today bring the blessing
Fill the page with rhyming verse
Or some random sketching

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
That somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much
Life means so much
Life means so much

Every day is a bank account
And time is our currency
So nobody’s rich, nobody’s poor
We get 24 hours each
So how are you gonna spend
Will you invest, or squander
Try to get ahead
Or help someone who’s under

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
That somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much
Life means so much
Life means so much

Has anybody ever lived who knew the value of a life
And don’t you think giving is all
What proves the worth of yours and mine

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
That somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much

Every day is a gift you’ve been given
Make the most of the time every minute you’re living

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