Black Music Month Series, Family, Father/Daughter, Love, Relationships

How Do You Measure Life?

One of the greatest things we can do in life is love someone else. The lyrics I chose this week exhibit that feeling and the outlook that we should have. They begin:

Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Moments so dear
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes
How Do You Measure – Measure A Year?
In Daylights – In Sunsets, In Midnights – In Cups Of Coffee
In Inches – In Miles In Laughter – In Strife

In – Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes
How Do You Measure A Year In The Life?

How About Love?

Measure In Love

Seasons of Love Measure In Love

Seasons of Love

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38 NIV)

When you love others you are exercising the basic principle that God has taught us. For the bible says, “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:18 NIV) I know that we often find it hard to forgive people when they have wronged us: that father who walked out, that mother who wasn’t there, the family member who hurt us, the friend that betrayed us, or the lover that left a hole in our heart. When things like this happen we must bring ourselves to a point of forgiveness. Think about it like this:  We all have done something that is not pleasing to God and can you imagine Him taking His love away from us?

Joanne:
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Journeys To Plan
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes
How Do You Measure The Life Of A Woman Or A Man

Collins:
In Truth That She Learned Or In Times That He Cried
In Bridges He Burned Or The Way That She Died

All:
It’s Time Now – To Sing Out Though The Story Never Ends
Let’s Celebrate Remember A Year In The Life Of Friends

Remember the Love

Measure In Love

Joanne:
Oh you got to you got to remember the love,
You know that love is a gift from up above
Share love, give love, spread love
Measure, measure your life in love.

With Father’s Day approaching this weekend I write this post in reference to three men in my life that I had to apply these lyrics to: my father, my brother, and my son’s father.

 

To my dad: I forgive you for everything that happened with you and my mom. I love you more than anything and I am grateful for being able to say I’m a “Daddy’s Girl”. In spite of your faults, you are one of my heroes!

To my brother Joey: I know that there is distance between us. Regardless of the distance, you have a large place in my heart. When I was little I wanted to be just like you. You were one of my heroes and you still are. The life you live has been an example for me. I love you forever and ever more!

To my son’s dad: We both went through a period of good, grief, and growth in our lives. I would not change anything. It made us both better people. You are truly a gift from God. I thank Him for choosing you to be Jalen’s dad. You are a wonderful man and I know that the life lessons you are teaching our son are God’s instructions through you. I will forever love you for simply being you!

Dear Daddy thank You for the ability to LOVE. I ask that You continue to share Your love with me so that I can spread love to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Today, I EMPOWER you to simply LOVE!

Celebrate Black Music Month with “Seasons of Love” (from the Rent musical) featuring Jesse Martin as Collins & Tracie Thomas as Joanne:

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Shawna Dix is a mother, educator, and all around child of God. She is passionate about God, her son Jalen, family, friends, and her students. She loves teaching because it allows her to shower our youth with love and guidance. She resides in Pentagon City, Virginia and works hard educating inner city youth in Washington DC. She prides herself in being a realist. She exclaims that she is in no way, shape, form, or fashion perfect but she has accepted that she serves a perfect God who is able to do ALL things!

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6 thoughts on “How Do You Measure Life?”

  1. Shawna, you pick some of the best songs. This song made me smile. The first time I heard it, my brother in law performed it. Embedded in this, how do I measure life? Success? Money? Friends? No, it should be measured in love.

    I love this………..my living has been enhanced!

  2. Thanks Shawna. I’m going to try to love those people in my life that I feel don’t deserve my love.

  3. Shawna,,,, girl where you get this music from? LOL! You are really turning me on. Your post is so on target. How do you love those who betray you, those who don’t like you, those who you know do not have your best interest at heart? It’s difficult but we are still required to LOVE!! I am a work in progress…because I do struggle with this.

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