Sometimes world events or personal events pile up and the needle on my emotional dashboard veers into the red “overwhelm” zone. Depending on the day and the circumstance, I might dial up my favorite “drown your sorrows” country songs in order to know I’m not alone in the “overwhelm” zone.
However, there are other days when I’ve wallowed enough and am ready to move forward. I need a dose of optimism. I was having one of the latter this past week when I caught Joe Nichols’ latest, ‘Believers’, on the radio.
I like Joe’s voice. It always catches my attention for some reason – reminds me a bit of Randy Travis (he opens for Randy Travis this week at the Minnesota State Fair). He’s got that rich sound that can’t be anything but country. But in addition to Joe’s honest vocals, the lyrics kept my attention. The catchy chorus seemed to say what I needed to hear:
They got a little more faith than the world has doubt
The earth might shake, but they stand their ground
And God only knows where we’d be without
Corny? Maybe to some. But perhaps that’s the point. Believers often are the ones the world pokes fun at. They have faith and optimism when the cynics can’t see the forest for the trees.
The song has 3 verses – one about protestors advocating for change in the face of those solid courthouse walls (great image of how it feels to go up against the powers that be), one about a young couple that takes the leap of faith to get married, and the final verse about a mother praying for her son:
Eighty nine years old and a momma still prays
That her wayward son will find his way
There’s a telephone call that makes her cry
Its her son sayin’ momma I’ve seen the light
Aww, everybody told her she was wastin’ her time
Too much of a happy ending? Too formulaic? Maybe for some, but I’m a sucker for happy endings. I believe they happen – not all the time – but enough of the time to keep me believing.
In a world where people make a living on news talk shows out of negativity and what’s not possible, I’m thankful for the quiet (and not so quiet) believers that continue to move us forward “with a little more faith than the world has doubt.”
What songs give you hope during those days in the “overwhelm” zone?
Sirius XM video of his fan club party performance during CMA Fest. I like this acoustic version.
The Believers Challenge From Iraq video. Stories and clips from the soldiers on Joe’s tour in Iraq.
‘Belivers’ was written by Bill Luther.