Quote-worthy Wednesdays: Favorite Lyrics

Welcome to Wednesdays, when I share words I love that I did not create myself.  And use w’s in this intro.

I love lyrics.  I love love love them.  Lyrics are the main reason I listen to music; they are way more important that the musicality of the piece to me.  So today, in the midst of what is my single busiest week of work all year, I am offering up the lyrics to one of my all-time favorite songs.

Note:  I have different all-time favorite songs from different genres or for different moods (do you do this?), so the total list is probably over a dozen tunes. Nevertheless, this is on that list.

I first heard Robin Mark, the artist, at the Leadership Summit when I was in college.  The Summit is a place where my greatest, biggest life dreams come to life.  Everything I can ever imagine my life becoming is represented by those speakers and artists each summer.  And in the midst of that conference one year came this song with only three lines:

Jesus, all for Jesus, all I am and have and ever hope to be.

All of my ambitions, hopes and plans, I surrender these into Your hands.

For it’s only in Your will that I am free.  For it’s only in Your will that I am free.

Jesus, all for Jesus, all I am and have and ever hope to be.

I have always been an ambitious person.  At the time I first heard this song, though, I was a college student, and all I really did in that season was hope and plan.  If I was honest, I was terrified that those plans would never work out, and if that happened, my whole identity would be threatened.  This was, and in many ways still is, the perfect song to center my life around the most fundamental things.

Do you have a song that does that for you?  Mind sharing it with a fellow lyric lover?

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