Last September, this song woke me up:
"Here For a Reason," by Ashes Remain
I listened to it...then I looked it up on YouTube, read over the lyrics, and really listened to it.
I bought it on Amazon that afternoon. According to iTunes, I've listened to it 90 times. This does not count the hundreds of times I have listened to it on YouTube on Repeat, because iTunes wasn't working.
I listen to it so many times because it is a reminder that I am "here for a reason," that my life has purpose, that no matter how stressful my job-hunt or financial situation is, God has not forgotten me, He's not going to drop me or let me drown.
"Here for a Reason" was written in Nashville with Justin Ebach. Before writing it we talked about what we would tell a young person in the crowd at a concert if we only had a moment with them. We decided that we would want them to know that they are important and full of purpose--living breathing testaments to God's glory.
The title--"Here For a Reason"--says it all: it was written to tell all of us that we are "here for a reason."
The first verse comes in very powerfully, with these lyrics:
You're not forgotten, you're not alone
You think you're worthless, but you're worth it
And He calls you His own
Made in His image, you were made for more
You think there is no plan, that it's all by chance
But don't believe that anymore:
Can a woman forget her infant, so as not to have pity on the son of her womb? and if she should forget, yet will not I forget thee." (Emphasis added.)
Smetimes it's very hard to remember this; it's easy to get overwhelmed, to feel alone, as if no one understands us...but God does. He made us; He knows us inside and out, He knows us better than we know ourselves--and He's with us always. And He became Man--"tempted in all things as we are, without sin" (Hebr. 4:15"--so He understands the full range of human emotions and experiences.
jobs and job-hunts, of burnout, of dishes and laundry, reading and writing. That life is not all there is.
The refrain says it all:
Every time that you wake up breathing
Every night when you close your eyes
Every day that your heart keeps beating
There's purpose for your life
So don't give up
Don't lay down
Just hold on
Don't quit now
Every breath that you take has meaning
You are here for a reason.
"You are here for a reason."
The second verse continues this theme:
If you spend your days just getting by
When you feel useless, He can use you
And show you what it means to be alive:
Every day is a gift from above
Here For a Reason.