Faith, Hope, and Pop Music

Now here is something that you rarely encounter these days:  Personal accountability.  It’s so easy to blame society, blame our parents, blame each other, or blame God for all of our problems.  Everyone is a victim in some form or fashion.  Each of us have been wronged or damaged by someone or something else.  It’s a part of living in a broken and messed up world.  But…in case you haven’t noticed, we still have the power to make our own decisions and live our own lives.  On some level, we are the masters of our fate and to be honest, that is a very empowering thought.  Just because we are dealt a “bad” hand in life doesn’t mean we should wallow in self pity and give up.  Quite the opposite.  If there are things in our lives that need changing then we need to acknowledge that and confront them.  We need to come face to face with our distractions, our flaws, our limitations and work to correct those things.  That’s what I believe, and that is what Michael Jackson sang about in his 1988 classic, Man in the Mirror:

I’m Starting With The Man In the Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change his Ways
And No Message Could Have been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World a Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And then Make A Change

Simple yet direct.  The goal: Make the world a better place.  The plan: Change your ways.  If Michael Jackson understood this, why can’t we?


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