I recently re-watched a familiar movie from my teen years, Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron, which has a phenominal score by Hans Zimmer and equally amazing songs by Bryan Adams. My favorite of which comes at a kind of turning point in the movie. The hero of the movie, a seemingly unbreakable alpha horse who ended up in human hands a long way away from his beloved herd, has lost his hope, his fighting spirit. He was torn from the mare he loves, he hasn’t seen his herdmates in months, he’s in captivity, and his only human friend has been left behind in the wake of his captors’ wrath. He’s being loaded onto a train going who knows where and depression nearly overwhelms him.
I think many of us find ourselves in similar lots throughout our lives. Our friends and family are beyond our reach, we feel isolated and overcome by situations, we don’t know what’s going on or if God even cares about us anymore. Let’s face it: Stuff happens, and feelings follow.
But often times we get into a nasty little habit called wallowing. Feelings aren’t always wrong. Grieving is acceptable and even healthy. It’s not wrong to be sad– for a time. But if we don’t move out of that emotion and back into a healthy rythym of life again, we will remain defeated, and probably start to drag others down with us.
So how do we avoid this? Those who investigate fraudulent U.S. currency, when asked how they keep up with recognizing all the counterfeit bills, give us an answer. “Study the real thing.” If you know the truth, the truth about who God is and about who you are in Christ, it’s the best way to get back on your feet and keep going with strength you never knew you had. The thing about faith is, the only way to use it is to use it. (Think about that for a minute.)
So I included in today’s post the best YouTube version I could dig up of the song “Sound the Bugle” (don’t be fooled by the video title, the creator of that video mislabled it) and the accompanying lyrics. I hope that you get the same encouragement from it that I do. And be aware that the first 40 seconds or so are instrumental. The payoff is worth the wait though.
Sound the bugle now – play it just for me
As the seasons change – remember how I used to be
Now I can’t go on – I can’t even start
I’ve got nothing left – just an empty heart
I’m a soldier – wounded so I must give up the fight
There’s nothing more for me – lead me away…
Or leave me lying here
Sound the bugle now – tell them I don’t care
There’s not a road I know – that leads to anywhere
Without a light I fear that I will stumble in the dark
Lay right down – decide not to go on
Then from on high – somewhere in the distance
There’s a voice that calls, “Remember who you are”
If you lose yourself – your courage soon will follow
So be strong tonight – remember who you are
Yeah you’re a soldier now – fighting in a battle
To be free once more – yeah, that’s worth fighting for
P.S. For my followers, I know it’s been nearly a week since my last post and I apologize. I was working on a school paper for the better part last week/weekend. Once the final draft is submitted for grading, I will begin to post the paper in segments so that you will get to see what took me away from you for so long.