Thinking Out Loud

November 16, 2018

“I Love You” in Various Life Stages

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Yesterday we looked at “Lonely People,” originally recorded by the group America. If you’re old enough to remember that one, you might, especially if you lived in Canada, also remember this song by the secular rock group Mashmakhan.

Their Wikipedia entry says that the band “wrote the song as a novelty addition to their album, not expecting it to gain serious recognition.” Although I was quite young when it came out, I was struck by three things:

  1. The poetic form which was based on a repetition pattern more common in classical poetry
  2. The “catalog” form, chronicling various age-related perceptions of saying “I love you.”
  3. The resulting message, stated yet not stated.

Honestly, the song greatly impacted me and I thought in this site’s previous ten years I would have covered it here at least once, but apparently that was not the case. I believe the song speaks for itself, so I’ll leave you with the lyrics and a video, and you may derive your own personal understanding of the meaning from reading and listening once or twice; not to mention the meaning of “I Love You”…

A child asks his mother, “Do you love me?”
And it really means, “Will you protect me?”
His mother answers him, “I love you.”
And it really means, “You’ve been a good boy.”

And as the years go by
True love will never die

At seventeen a girl says, “Do you love me
And it really means, “Will you respect me?”
The teenage boy answers, “I love you.”
But it really means, “Can I make love to you?”

And as the years go by
True love will never die

I will love you forever
I will love you forever

At sixty-five his wife says, “Do you love me?”
And it means, “I’d like to hear it again.”
Her husband says to her, “I love you.”
But it really means, “I’ll love you till the end.”

And as the years go by
True love will never die

Now you’re asking me if I love you
And it really means, ‘Will I marry you?’
And I answer, “Yes I love you.”
But it really means that “I won’t be untrue.”

And as the years go by
True love will never die

I will love you forever
I will love you forever



August 21, 2015

The Seasons of Life

I subscribe to Breakfast of Champions, a weekday devotional by Andy Elmes which comes as a free email from the ministry Great Big Life, which is better known in the UK.

Get from Every Season All it has for You

John 4:35 (NKJV)

Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

The journey (pilgrimage) of life is certainly a journey of different seasons. The art of living well is to make sure that you live (milk the goodness out of) each and every season by both sowing into and reaping from each and every one of them. Being alive means that we will all walk through the various seasons of life. Here is a classic verse from the wisdom of Ecclesiastes to make you think this morning.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NKJV)

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted.

If you get the chance read the rest of this classic chapter to see the different types of seasons each and every one of us faces as we journey through this thing called life. Like King David said in Psalm 37:25, we will all experience being young and being old and every season in between. I have met some older people that live in the regret of not being a teenager anymore and I have met younger people that can’t wait for a later season of life (like being married), but the problem is they are missing the season they are in. Neither of these is good enough. The answer to how to get the most out of life is to love the season you’re in.

You can’t go back and re-live seasons gone but you can learn from them. You really don’t want to fast forward to future seasons because when the ones you are in are gone, like flowers when they have flourished, they are gone for good. The key for us all today is to carpe (seize) the one you’re in! So choose today to learn from seasons gone, love the one you’re in and, with faith and expectancy, have excitement concerning the ones yet to come that are promised by your God. Every season has something for you so make sure you harvest it out!

To everything there is a season. There are seasons of age, seasons of relationship, seasons of ministry and business, seasons for everything, and in them all there is a time to plant and a time to pluck (harvest) what was planted.

Here is some food for thought for you today as you consider the seasons that you are currently in:

• What seasons are you in today? Is it time to plant (sow) or to pluck up (harvest)?

• Are you getting from this season everything that you should be or could be? Are you milking out everything that is in the season to be had?

• What else do you need to do to enjoy and seize the season you are in?

God bless you – I pray that this season of your life prospers. Don’t say, “In four months …”, but make the decision to live large today the life God has given!

This has always been one of my all-time favorite Christian songs. If you have 7 minutes, close your eyes and enjoy Seasons of the Soul by Michael and Stormie Omartian.

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