I love music! I love it even more when a song can teach you lessons and cause you to reflect on your life. Tim McGraw recently came out with song called, “Humble and Kind”. It’s my favorite song right now. There are so many good lessons in this song, I had to share it! I watched a short interview with Tim about the song. He said the song is like a letter he would give one of his kids about life. He said when he was recording it, he could barely get through it without crying. Today, I thought I’d simply share Tim’s song and some of my thoughts on the lessons you can learn from it.
Go to Church – Hopefully you can find a church that you want to go to as opposed to your parents telling you to, but the world would be a better place if everyone was connected with a local church.
Visit Grandpa Every Chance that You Can – I know this lesson all too well. I lost my mom when I was 17 years old. She didn’t get to see me get married and she won’t get to see my daughter be born. I had 17 years with her. If I had known that was all I would have gotten, I would have treated that relationship differently. The people in your life won’t be in it forever. Make sure you make the most of your relationships.
Open the Doors, Say Please, Say Thank You – This is such simple advice, but it’s lacking in our culture. Make sure you practice these on a consistent basis. Let’s make sure we teach our children and those we influence these simple, yet profound values.
Don’t Steal, Don’t Cheat, and Don’t Lie – Again, simple advice, but lacking in our culture. Character matters. Let’s be examples of character to our community. Let’s instill good values in our children and those we influence.
When the Dreams Your Dreaming Come to You, When the Work You’ve put in is Realized, Let Yourself feel the Pride, but Always Stay Humble and Kind – I love this one. We all have dreams in our hearts and as we pursue them and they come true, I hope that it never changes who we are. The reality is, if we’ve experienced any measure of success, it’s because God gave us the tools we needed and connected us with a lot of people who helped form who we were and helped us get where we were going!
Don’t Expect a free ride from no one – Simple advice, but also lacking in our culture. Let’s take responsibility for our lives and teach others to do the same.
Know the Difference Between Sleeping with Someone and Sleeping with Someone You Love, I love You Ain’t no Pick-Up Line – This is why I love programs like Silver Ring Thing that teach abstinence. We live in a culture where sleeping with people is “what you do”. However, I rarely meet people who slept around before they got married that don’t wish they would have saved themselves for their spouse. If they could go back, they would have done things differently. I’m so glad that I waited for Laura. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. If you’re single, don’t give yourself away to someone just because you’re “in love” or they told you they love you. Wait to sleep with someone who has committed their life to being with you by marrying you! It’ll be worth it, I promise!
Don’t Hold a Grudge or a Chip and Here’s Why: Bitterness Keeps you from Flying – So many people are in bondage because they are holding grudges, they are bitter about something, and they cannot get over whatever or whoever offended them. I’ve seen people waste years of their life because they couldn’t forgive someone who offended them or hurt them in some capacity. Don’t let bitterness poison you.
When it’s Hot, eat a Root Beer Popsicle – Sometimes we just need to enjoy life. It’s so easy in our world to take ourselves way to seriously. When’s the last time you just had fun without worrying about everything going on around you? We all need to make more time for things like that.
Don’t take for Granted the Love this Life Gives You – One of the easiest things to do in life is take those closest to you for granted. I’d encourage you to take time everyday to reflect on your closest relationships (spouse, parents, etc.) When we take time to reflect, it helps us to be grateful for them and to not take them for granted. After all, as John Maxwell says, “True success is when those closest to me love and respect me the most!”
When you get where you’re going, Don’t Forget to turn back around and help the next one in Line – This line fires me up! I’m so grateful for all the men and women who turned back around in their success and poured into my life. I endeavor to do the same for those next in line behind me in the next generation.
Always Stay Humble and Kind – My prayer is that no matter where we go in life, what we do, or what we accomplish that we’ll always stay humble and kind.
What a great song! What are some of your favorite songs that motivate and inspire you to live a better life?
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