Ever had that one who got away? I mean, did you ever wish you said you loved someone before they left you?
If you’re like me… scratch that… if you’re a human living in the 21st century, and not under a rock, this has probably happened or probably will happen to you if you partake in the glories and the wreckage of the world of dating.
We open our post today looking at a young man who is both re-creating what it means to be a hip-hop artist, and what it means to man up, own your mistakes, and decide to take a different path forward. That man is Jason Derulo, and here is the work of art we will be focusing on for a few minutes. Take a look and listen.
(Even if you don’t like rap videos, close your eyes and listen to the words. It’s a great sample of an Imogen Heap song.)
For me, at least. And any guy who’s got any hopes of marrying a young woman someday soon. And in case you’re thinking of tuning out because you’re happily married… wait just one second. Are you currently in the dog house? Made a decision that affected your family poorly in the last year? Lacking direction in your marriage and your family, or your career, and it’s making things hard w/the woman you love? You might learn a thing or two here as well.
These words may sound proud, but if you listen to the heart you’ll find it’s something inherent in every man… that is, the desire to provide for his beloved. The desire to be exceptional, “when I become a star… I’ll do anything for you!” And these might cut you to the quick, “I know what I did wasn’t clever, but me and you were meant to last forever… so let me in… give me another chance, to really be a man!” Not your man… just A MAN. He has a desire to live up to his calling as a protector, provider, pursuer. Kudos to you, Jason, for boldly proclaiming your desire to live as God’s son.
Jason may not know that he wants to be God’s son, a man of strong character who is told at the end of his days, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Yet that is what he desires. That is what we all desire, whether we know it or not. We try and fill this desire w/many other lesser desires, but they don’t fill. Jason might be trying to fill his desire to connect w/his heavenly father w/a connection w/beautiful women. Probably a safe bet… yet I still hope that he and I might rejoice together some day because he found – to quote Bono – what he was looking for.
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