In my previous posts, I discussed the songs from The Greatest Showman and how each song portrays a part of our relationship with the Lord. I’ve reordered the songs to tell a story about a man named James growing an intimate relationship with the Lord. Click the links below to read the previous posts:
Discussing the song, This Is Me, it executes the message to love yourself right where you are and who you can become. This song won the ‘Best Original Song’ at the 2018 Golden Globes. Anyone who has felt insecure, experience bullying in some way or form, or any adversity in life can relate to this song.
For this song, James is finally accepting his flaws and embracing the fact that he does not have to be perfect for the Lord.
I am not a stranger to the dark / Hide away, they say / ‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts / I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars / Run away, they say / No one’ll love you as you are
- Explanation: If we don’t fit society’s standards, then they decide to shame us, make us feel worthless, and then we begin to believe these lies ourselves. This makes people feel like they have to hide their scars; trying to live up to a false perfection. But our scars are our testimony. Embrace them and face the world, not caring what they think of you.
- Also, for that person who wants to hide their Christianity. It might be hard once you come out as a Christian, but as the verse says, “…and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution”-2 Timothy 3:12. To experience the rainbow, we must embrace the rain.
But I won’t let them break me down to dust / I know that there’s a place for us / For we are glorious / When the sharpest words wanna cut me down / I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out / I am brave, I am bruised / I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
- Explanation: Society’s way of living will never bring peace to our lives. When it does, it is only temporary, never everlasting. As the song says, “I know there’s a place for us…”, states that we have to know who we are in God’s eyes, in God’s love. We have to be firm in faith no matter what negativity is thrown at us.
- “When the sharpest words wanna cut me down / I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out.” The Holy Spirit lives inside of us, therefore the Lord fights our battles. We don’t have to fight our battles alone because we can call on the Lord to do so for us. You are brave because you know you have The Ultimate Warrior fighting for you. And yes you are bruised but that’s what makes you strong. The bravest warriors have the most bruises.
Look out ’cause here I come / And I’m marching on to the beat I drum / I’m not scared to be seen / I make no apologies, this is me
- Explanation: We have to embrace who we are and “march to the beat of your own drum”, not caring what society believes is “cool.” We shouldn’t apologize for being who we are if we feel at peace with who we are becoming. Embrace the uniqueness of your journey—the good and the bad.
Another round of bullets hits my skin / Well, fire away ’cause today, I won’t let the shame sink in / We are bursting through the barricades and / Reaching for the sun (we are warriors) / Yeah, that’s what we’ve become (yeah, that’s what we’ve become)
- Explanation: We are soldiers for Christ while we are here on earth. “Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus”-2 Timothy 2:3. Stay positive by focusing on the Lord through your difficult times, exemplifying your hope so people can wonder how you can continue to move on through such difficult seasons and not give up. When negativity or bad circumstances come our way, we have the power within us to resist those attacks. This is how a warrior keeps pushing through the battle until he gets what he wants. We should acknowledge our problems, but not marinate in them.
and I know that I deserve your love / (Oh-oh-oh-oh) ’cause there’s nothing I’m not worthy of
- Explanation: “…[D]eserve your love” I feel that represents God’s love. Although we don’t deserve His love for we are sinners, He wants to gladly give it to us for free, so accept it. You are worthy enough no matter what people say about you or what you tell yourself. The Lord sees you as “…the apple of [His] eye”-Psalms 17:8.
- “You are more than beautiful. You are more than enough. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.-Psalm 139:14”
This post is James accepting who he is. In the next post, Tightrope, James will discover how a walk with Christ will look like.
What’s one affirmation you will tell yourself today? Comment below!