Tuesday, March 19, 2013

American Dream

Last Saturday I had the awesome experience of taking my daughters to their first concert--Casting Crowns.  The acoustic tour had an intimate feel that made the experience like sitting with close friends.  (And yes, in my mind it is possible that one day that bus shows up and they just sit down and jam right in my living room.) 

What I love about the songs that Mark Hall writes is that they are real.  Listening to the stories behind the words brings them to life and, if you're willing, allows you to consider the truth.  This song is almost too hard for me to listen to.  For so many reasons it touches me. 

What if this song is about me and my husband?  We work a lot.  I hope that our children understand the reason that we work so hard.  We are responsible for 20 other families.  I am sure that a lot of people wonder why we are willing to work so much, sacrifice so much, raising our children in the midst of the business.  There is a fine line between responsibility to the business and neglecting our family time.  We have learned to celebrate what is important to our children--school concerts, pinewood derbies, the original song performed in our home.  The truth is that we truly believe that these opportunities have been given to us with a greater purpose.  These businesses are a chance to use success to make a difference for other people.  We have been able to make so many connections through our businesses and we are able to fund projects that are truly making a difference. 

There is another part of me that is scared when I hear this song.  What about those who are striving so hard to be successful now but are missing the ultimate prize?  There are people in my life whom I love dearly and respect for everything they have done but I know that it's not enough.  No amount of work or good deeds now can earn their spot.  No gift can give me what I really want.  I really want to know that I will be able to spend eternity with those that I love.  More than anything, I want to know that they have accepted Christ as their Savior.  I want them to know that faith in Christ doesn't sentence you to a life of boredom and penance.  Salvation brings freedom from the past, a peace in the present, and assurance for the future.  Nothing of this world can offer those blessings.

American Dream
Written by Mark Hall

All work no play may have made Jack a dull boy
But all work no God has left Jack with a lost soul
But he's moving on full steam
He's chasing the American dream
And he's gonna give his family, the finer things

"Not this time son, I've no time to waste
Maybe tomorrow, we'll have time to play"
And then he slips into his new BMW
And drives farther and farther and farther away

'Cause he works all day and tries to sleep at night
He says things will get better
Better in time

So he works and he builds with his own two hands
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
His kingdom stands

Well this American Dream is beginning to seem
More and more like a nightmare with every passing day
"Daddy, can you come to my game?"
"Oh Baby, please don't work late"
Another wasted weekend and they are slipping away

'Cause he works all day and lies awake at night
He tells them things are getting better
Just take a little more time

So he works and he builds with his own two hands
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
His kingdom stands

He used to say, "Whoever dies with the most toys wins"
But if he loses his soul
What has he gained in the end
I'll take a shack on a rock
Over a castle in the sand

Now he works all day and cries alone at night
It's not getting any better
Looks like he's running out of time

'Cause he worked and he built with his own two hands
And he poured all he had in a castle made with sand
But the wind and the rain are coming crashing in
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
His kingdom stands

All they really wanted was you
All they really wanted was you
All they really wanted was you

 
 

1 comment:

  1. mmm... really good...

    "We work a lot. I hope that our children understand the reason that we work so hard. We are responsible for 20 other families...

    We have learned to celebrate what is important to our children--school concerts, pinewood derbies, the original song performed in our home."

    wish I could have posted this on facebook... thank you for sharing.

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