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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sad (07/26/07)

TITLE: Sing Your Way OUt
By Terri Arnett
07/28/07


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Not every day can be a Mary Tyler Moore, sun-shiny day. Inevitably, there are those times when for some reason, from somewhere, come feelings of sadness. They range from the death of a beloved pet to the dying of a garden that had expectations of a bountiful harvest.

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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Brenda Welc08/03/07
Absolutley right! Pastor says to not be lead by your emotions, take them by the reins! Great job!
Jan Ackerson 08/04/07
Oooh, I want a hot fudge sundae after reading all of these sad stories! Thanks for taking a more upbeat approach.
Donna Emery08/07/07
I never thought about that before: how we often sing songs of sadness yet are happy. Interesting view... I enjoyed reading this.