Maybe I Missed The Point

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I know somebody whose life is tough.
I help a little, but it isn’t enough
Cuz I go an’ spend money on stupid stuff
When I know he’s strugglin’ to stay above.

An’ I have so many chances to be
The hero I believe’s inside of me
But I get busy and I get distracted
And I do nothin’ when I could’ve acted

I laid low when I could’ve stood high.
I said nothin’ when I should’ve asked why.
I saw somethin’ that I might’ve done and I didn’t,
A chance to speak my truth and I hid it.

Inside, I’d like to believe I’m cool,
Easy to love and hard to fool,
But I know there’s more I could’ve enjoyed.
Sometimes I find myself thinkin’
Maybe I missed the point.

So many times I turned down love,
Stayed in the dark when I could’ve lit it up,
But every time I did take a chance
Makes me happy when I’m lookin’ back

I’m not sayin’ my whole life feels like a joke
But I’ve been a master of mirrors and smoke
And I don’t wanna live
No mo’ without you.

Regular readers here know that I almost never post song lyrics.  That is due, in large part, to the fact that a lot of music these days is absolute crap.  Yes, that’s a very subjective statement, but then so is one’s taste in music.  What I think is good, you might think is garbage and vice versa.  Every now and then, however, I run across a song that’s worth sharing and “Maybe I Missed The Point” most definitely fits that criteria.  Even more amazing is the fact that it’s sung by Jeff Bridges.  Not to say that Bridges isn’t a good musician, Crazy Heart is proof of that, but music just isn’t what you think of when his name is mentioned.  I shouldn’t be surprised, though; I mean, we are talking about the Dude

All that aside, much as I love the song as a whole, it’s the words that drew me to it this morning.  For me, it’s the human response to the gospel boiled down to it’s essence and expressed in three and a half minutes.  It’s all laid out before me, but I never quite seem to do what it is I’m supposed to.  This verse in particular gets to me:

“I laid low when I could’ve stood high.
I said nothin’ when I should’ve asked why.
I saw somethin’ that I might’ve done and I didn’t,
A chance to speak my truth and I hid it.”

I’ve done that more times than I care to admit.  It’s so easy to get distracted, sometimes I feel like Dug, the dog from the movie “Up”:

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I spent a long time believing that those who don’t work shouldn’t eat.  I also believed that I was a Christian.  Then, it dawned on me, maybe I missed the point.