A lesson in humility

I’m not a big hip hop fan, but I can recognize the beauty in that form of art. Once in a while, a really good hip hop song is released that appeals to many people who aren’t into hip hop. A recent example of such a song was Background, by an artist named Lecrae. The  song also features a singer that goes by the name C-Lite, who sings the refrain.

Although the song has a catchy refrain, what really caught my attention was the depth of the lyrics. Background is the humble plea of a music star who is begging God to not allow him to become prideful and self-absorbed amid his growing fame. He wants God to remain the centre of his life, while he stays in the background.

Check out these beautiful lyrics from the second verse. It’s not every day that we hear a music star pray with such humility:

I had a dream that I was captain of my soul.
I was master of my fate
lost control
and then I sank.
So I don’t want to take the lead
‘Cause I’m prone to make mistakes.
All these folks that follow me are gonna end up in the wrong place.
So, just let me shadow You, and just let me trace Your lines.
Matter of fact just take my pen.
Here, You create my rhymes.
‘Cause if I do this by myself I’m scared that I’ll succeed.
And no longer trust in You, cause I only trust in me.
And see, that’s how you end up headed to destruction.
Paving a road to nowhere. Pour your life out for nothing. (Source)

There’s a lesson here for bloggers. We’ve enjoyed some success lately in our battle over Development and Peace, but we need to guard ourselves from pride, realizing that to God belongs all the glory.

The official video of Background is below. I hope you enjoy it.


One thought on “A lesson in humility

  1. I’m not a big hip hop fan, either, but, FYI, this weekend I heard one of Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton’s themes for when he comes up to bat, the lyrics “If Jesus wasn’t executed there’s no celebration” which I also just learned was from Lecrae…

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