The Power of Words

Hall-of-Fame“Dad, wanna hear my life song?”

I always enjoy conversations with my son. Sometimes, though, we just put on some tunes and sing together as we drive down the road. This was one of those days. The inquisition came mid-song and caught be off guard, “Dad, wanna hear my life song?” This is pretty big stuff coming from the mouth of a 12 year old. I don’t even have a life song. What exactly is a life song? In the moment of scattered thoughts, only one word was necessary, “Yes!”

As he enthusiastically touches the screen of his iPhone, a smile comes across his face combined with a look in his eye saying, “Get ready for this.” He reaches for the volume nob to increase our already raucous decibel listening level. “Here goes…”

Yeah, you can be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the King Kong banging on your chest

You can beat the world
You can beat the war
You can talk to God, go banging on his door

You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks
You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you gon’ find yourself

Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame…

As I listen to the words, a smile similar to his slides across my face. His confidence strides even higher as he takes this as a sign of approval. When the song ends, I ask him why he chose this song. Things get serious as he let’s me know that he really does believe in himself and this song helps to remind him of what he already knows to be true. You see, every night for many years, I have prayed Joshua 1:5 over Samuel’s life claiming God’s promise to Joshua over Samuel. Apparently, this has taken root in his mind and heart. The closing to our nightly prayers goes something like this:

…and God, I want to thank you for the promise you gave to Joshua that we are claiming over Samuel – that all the days of his life, no man will ever be able to stand against him. For just as you were with Moses, you are with Samuel; and you will never leave him or forsake him.

Words have power. Your words have power. Use that power wisely. In this case, it appears I have. Go get ’em Samuel! Let’s listen to the song now.

“Hall Of Fame”
(feat. Will.I.Am)

Yeah, you can be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the King Kong banging on your chestYou can beat the world
You can beat the war
You can talk to God, go banging on his doorYou can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock (yeah)
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks
You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you gon’ find yourselfStanding in the hall of fame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fameYou can go the distance
You can run the mile
You can walk straight through hell with a smileYou can be the hero
You can get the gold
Breaking all the records they thought never could be brokeYeah, do it for your people
Do it for your pride
How are you ever gonna know if you never even try?Do it for your country
Do it for your name
‘Cause there’s gonna be a day…When you’re standing in the hall of fame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fameBe a champion, be a champion, be a champion, be a champion
On the walls of the hall of fameBe students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers
(Yeah)Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions
Be truth seekersBe students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachersBe believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be championsStanding in the hall of fame (yeah, yeah, yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah, yeah, yeah)
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah, yeah, yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah, yeah, yeah)
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame(Be a champion)
You could be the greatest
(Be a champion)
You can be the best
(Be a champion)
You can be the King Kong banging on your chest(Be a champion)
You could beat the world
(Be a champion)
You could beat the war
(Be a champion)
You could talk to God, go banging on his door(Be a champion)
You can throw your hands up
(Be a champion)
You can beat the clock (yeah)
(Be a champion)
You can move a mountain
(Be a champion)
You can break rocks(Be a champion)
You can be a master
(Be a champion)
Don’t wait for luck
(Be a champion)
Dedicate yourself and you gonna find yourself
(Be a champion)Standing in the hall of fame

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