Let It Go: Media Monday

It was bound to happen…another post in the blogosphere about the iconic song from Frozen, “Let It Go.” I have succumb to the pressure and hype. I can’t claim that it’s original, but I hope it’s at least helpful.

Every time a song, film, or novel becomes popular there is a line of critics ready to tear it down. “Let It Go” and Frozen were no different. It was anti-feminist; it was too feminist; she was too pretty; she was too strong; she was too weak; she set a false standard for our children. The list goes on. I entertain them all.

Pardon my self-indulgent aside: I entertained the critics with Harry Potter, the Left Behind series, The Passion of the ChristNoahGod’s Not Dead, and countless others. And I rejoice! Yes, I rejoice. No one song, film, or novel can be the definitive work. Every song, film, and novel can however begin a conversation. And we need more of those. We need parents who encourage their children to ask questions and to share. We need children who feel comfortable questioning and sharing. We need adults to have honest and open conversations. We need teachers and communities engaged. Anything that gets us talking is better than silence.

With respect to all the opinions, here’s my take: “Let It Go” has undoubtedly become the theme song for the film. With that status, it has also become the focus of much of the criticism. Nearly every child in America can sing it, so we should be aware of the themes. Can we take issue with some of them? Yes. But, ‘should we take issue with them?’ is a much better question. I say, ‘No.’ Elsa is in the middle of her journey. She is learning. She is growing. She is emotional. “Let It Go” is merely a stepping stone in the process of her becoming the loving, generous queen in the final scenes.

So as you ponder my Media Monday offering, embrace the snowy ice queen’s mantra, “Let IT Go.”

We all have people

who will belittle us, make us feel worthless and cheap, and destroy our sense of self.

Let IT Go!

We all have temptations

that pull us from the Truth, challenge our principles, and prevent us from being who we were called to be.

Let IT Go!

We all have garbage

that weighs us down, riddles us with guilt, regret, and fear, and holds us back.

Let IT Go!

God is ready to take all our critics, temptations, and garbage and guide us to become the loving, generous, best versions of ourselves too.

Are you ready to “Let It Go”

and become who you were called to be?

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Flood: Weekend Praise

In another nod to the Christian music pioneers, here’s one that played on secular radio stations while we were in high school. Suddenly it became acceptable to listen to Christian music!

May God life us up today!

Flood by Jars of Clay

Rain, rain on my face
It hasn’t stopped raining for days
My world is a flood
Slowly I become one with the mud

[Chorus:]

But if I can’t swim after forty days
and my mind is crushed by the thrashing waves
Lift me up so high that I cannot fall
Lift me up
Lift me up – when I’m falling
Lift me up – I’m weak and I’m dying
Lift me up – I need you to hold me
Lift me up – Keep me from drowning again

Downpour on my soul
Splashing in the ocean, I’m losing control
Dark sky all around
I can’t feel my feet touching the ground

[Chorus]

Calm the storms that drench my eyes
Dry the streams still flowing
Cast down all the waves of sin
And guilt that overthrow me

[Chorus]

Lift me up – when I’m falling
Lift me up – I’m weak and I’m dying
Lift me up – I need you to hold me
Lift me up – Keep me from drowning again

Happy Veterans Day: Media Monday

Veterans Day

I wish I had time today to express my gratitude in eloquence as in year’s past, but I don’t. Instead, here are a few links to archived posts about the military:

Band of Brothers – last year’s Veteran’s Day tribute, featuring my favorite clip from the HBO miniseries

Coins on Tombstones – the history of the tradition

In Honor of Their Service – a memorial Day Sermon based on Acts 1:1-8, featuring a graduate of my boarding school who participated in the Dolittle Raid over Japan in WWII

Memorial Day Reality Check – featuring some very talented soldiers and cheerleaders, guaranteed to make you laugh!

Soldier’s Deck of Cards – an amazing card trick and tribute to our military, guaranteed to make you cry!

Unbroken – a book review of the Lauren Hillenbrand’s telling of Louis Zamperini’s amazing life as a troubled youth, Olympian, soldier, POW, and forgiven man (It’s being made into a movie!)

Weird and Unaware – a reflection on a line from Col. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington’s autobiography, Baa Baa Blacksheep

May we always remember that our freedoms are secured with a heavy price.

And may we always be grateful!