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Topic: Sad (07/26/07)
TITLE: Sing Your Way OUt
By Terri Arnett
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Yet strangely, we manage to express sadness in ways that are sometimes perplexing. Take for instance, Song Sung Blue by Neil Diamond or Sad Songs by Elton John. We find ourselves singing along, nodding our heads in what can only be described as oxymoron. After all, if we are sad, why are we singing an up-beat, sweet little ditty about being sad? Wouldn’t a more logical response be indulging in hot fudge sundaes or curled up on the couch, box of tissues in hand, watching Bridges of Madison County?
Then there are other times when inevitably, we discover ourselves singing along not feeling sad, yet we are singing about being sad. And at the end of the song if we were sad in the beginning, we’re not any more, proving that human beings are a tossed salad of emotions.
That’s why Jesus taught in Philippians 4:8 (KJV), “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
We need to think what we’re thinking about on purpose. The times when the blues surround us, we need to sit ourselves down and snap ourselves out of these feelings because they’re just that–feelings. If we allow ourselves to sink deeper, the climb out will be steeper. God said He always provides a way out and His way–like it or not–is to change our thoughts.
So sing! Even if it’s singing about being sad, you’ll be happy at the end.
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