Music Monday - Human

Monday, 7 May 2018

I think sometimes we as humans, even Christians, put too much on ourselves and others.  We want people to define us, justify us, and encourage us.  We alternatively want to define others, justify other's actions to fit our narrative and encourage those we agree with and attack the ones we don't.  

I am in the process of reading the Book of Mark through the IF:Equip studies and we continue to journey through the Book of Luke at Church.  People often wanted to define Jesus.  The Pharisees wanted Him to play by their rules.  The people wanted Him to fit into their narrative and do miracles.  The Disciples wanted Him to justify and encourage them.  Jesus refused to be anything other than who He was.  He didn't want fame or popularity (Mark 3:7a).  He didn't want people to control the narrative of His mission or reveal when His true identity would be revealed (Mark 3:12).  Jesus didn't allow anyone to define who He was or what His mission was.  He would do that on His terms and in His time.

We are so busy looking around and comparing ourselves with others and comparing others with ourselves that we have lost the point.  We are only human.  We are imperfect images of a perfect creator.  Of course, we are going to make mistakes and yes, others are going to make mistakes too.  We all need to have grace for ourselves and each other.  When that grace isn't shown, we need to move on.  Not dwell in what isn't but to continue to run the race that Jesus has set out for us.  We need to be people of love, grace, and compassion, not hate, anger or jealousy.

I have been struggling with this concept through the difficulties.  Last week, this song kept coming to my mind and I know it was a reminder that we are only human.  As the song says: 

I'm no prophet or Messiah
Should go looking somewhere higher
I'm only human after all


Human

I'm only human
I'm only, I'm only
I'm only human, human
Maybe I'm foolish
Maybe I'm blind
Thinking I can see through this
And see what's behind
Got no way to prove it
So maybe I'm blind
But I'm only human after all
I'm only human after all
Don't put your blame on me
Don't put your blame on me
Take a look in the mirror
And what do you see
Do you see it clearer
Or are you deceived
In what you believe
'Cause I'm only human after all
You're only human after all
Don't put the blame on me
Don't put your blame on me
Some people got the real problems
Some people out of luck
Some people think I can solve them
Lord heavens above
I'm only human after all
I'm only human after all
Don't put the blame on me
Don't put the blame on me
Don't ask my opinion
Don't ask me to lie
Then beg for forgiveness
For making you cry
Making you cry
'Cause I'm only human after all
I'm only human after all
Don't put your blame on me
Don't put the blame on me
Oh, some people got the real problems
Some people out of luck
Some people think I can solve them
Lord heavens above
I'm only human after all
I'm only human after all
Don't put the blame on me
Don't put the blame on me
I'm only human
I make mistakes
I'm only human
That's all it takes
To put the blame on me
Don't put the blame on me
I'm no prophet or Messiah
Should go looking somewhere higher
I'm only human after all
I'm only human after all
Don't put the blame on me
Don't put the blame on me
I'm only human
I do what I can
I'm just a man
I do what I can
Don't put the blame on me
Don't put your blame on me

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