June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
Recently I was taking a drive with my husband. It was on a warm, spring night. He and I just left a romantic dinner with our girls. They were in the back of the car sleep, while my baby and I were cruising. Since the girls were asleep, I could settle down in a moment of solitude to enjoy the peace and cool of the night air. I turned on a dusty radio station and one of my all-time favorite songs came on (“Nothing Even Matters). As I listened to the words, I immediately clicked with them. It had been a long time since I listened to that song. I always listened to the song as a teenager, but I’m far from a teen anymore. I’m a wife, mother, and follower of Christ now; my circumstances have drastically changed.
We arrived home and I couldn’t help but to continue to think about the words of the song. “Now the skies could fall, not even if my boss should call, the world would seem so very small. Cause nothing even matters at all…” When I finally got my little ones to sleep, the words persisted and magnified in my Spirit. “See I don’t need no alcohol, your love makes me feel ten feet tall. Without it I’d go through withdrawals. Cause nothing even matters, at all...”
My guess became that the Father was trying to tell me something so I sat quietly and listened. He led me to John 15:1:”I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.”(NIV) Nothing could be more comforting than reading or hearing the words of Jesus. There He was telling me what did matter and that nothing else should matter, but this. Just as Lauryn and D’Angelo were trying to say through their song.
Considering the great words of Lauryn Hill’s song, I didn’t realize that Jesus wanted to remind me of HIM. He wanted to remind me of what was really important, HIM. He wanted to remind me that nothing even matters, but HIM. He wanted to tell me that He wants me to have a tendency to spend more time with HIM. He wants me to gain the ability to care more about HIM. I’m so glad that there is not a single thing that I can do that would stop Jesus from trying to reach me. Even if He has to use a song to remind me of how nothing in this world should matter more than HIM!
Father, I just thank You for choosing me. I thank You for never running away from me. In fact, I thank You for treating me as if nothing even matters to You but me! Father, I cant compare You to a song, but I ask that You continue to remind me that the only important thing is Jesus and to abide in the true vine. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
I EMPOWER you to act as if nothing is more important than Jesus. Not a car, man, career, lifestyle, etc. but JESUS! I EMPOWER you to be less interested in the things of this world, but to gain a greater interest in Jesus; for nothing else matters, but Him!
Enjoy Lauryn Hill’s and D’Angelo’s “Nothing Even Matters” as you reflect on WHO really matters:
Mrs. Lisa M. Purnell-Marshall is happily married to the wonderful and inspiring Antoine L. Marshall. She is the proud mother of two gorgeous girls. Her voice is one of the leading and authentic voices for breast-feeding, especially for the African-American community and Generation Y. She currently works inside of her home and plans to become a professional licensed lactation consultant in 2014. She and her family are members at Spirit of Liberty Church located in Markham, IL. Embracing the love that God has for her, Lisa labors to live an acceptable and pure life through the leading and keeping of the Holy Spirit so that her attitude, words, and actions attract the glory of God. In her free time she loves receiving manis and pedis. Her favorite promises that she find comfort and reassurance in are: Psalm34:19: “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” and Luke 6:38: “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.”