I’ve been listening to the new U2 album a lot since it came out. (It’s taking some getting used to. But that’s a topic for another day.)
The following lyric from “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” keeps sticking in my head:
“Every generation gets a chance to change the world,
Pity the nation that won’t listen to your boys and girls,
‘Cause the sweetest melody is one we haven’t heard…”
Jesus Christ reached into my life and rescued me when I was 18 years old. I have been passionate about changing the world for good ever since. I mean, if our lives are not about changing the whole world, then what’s the point? What else is there to live for, really?
And call me naïve, but I believe one person really can make a difference. I can make a difference. And I can leverage my life to inspire the next generation of leaders to make a difference.
But a lot of things stand in the way. Bono goes on to sing:
“A change of heart comes slow.
It’s not a hill, it’s a mountain…”
On the path to purpose and meaning, I can easily become
Tripped up by the trivial.
Calloused by cynicism.
Plagued by doubt.
Enticed by empty entertainment.
Fattened by material wealth.
Discouraged by failure.
Stifled by selfishness.
Overwhelmed by pain.
Lulled to sleep by apathy.
So this is a reminder. To me. To you.
Let’s make our lives count.
Let’s “shout into the darkness, squeeze out sparks of light…”
Check out U2’s live performance of “I’ll Go Crazy…” at Fordham University.
(If the video doesn’t show up in your browser, click here.)