It was an amazing experience! I just spent the weekend with Taylor Swift! We sang her new song together over and over and over! And over and over and over. Okay, well, maybe I wasn’t really with Taylor Swift. But it sure did seem like it.
Because I was with some of the greatest jr high students in the world singing Taylor Swift’s new song, “We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together,” pretty much across the entire state of Missouri (from corner to corner) and back again.
We left Thursday afternoon for the GetAway conference at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. It was a fabulous weekend! The worship band, Axios, (a great group of guys you should definitely have on your radar) did a beyond excellent job of leading us in worship. They also went out of their way to connect with each and every one of the 900+ students they could, plus they are good friends with one of our sons! Our speaker, Dusty Frizzell, used his gifts of humor, speaking and great life stories, added them to God’s even greater stories helping students recognize their need for Him and their part in His plan. Our group was also blessed to spend a day volunteering at the Watered Gardens shelter in downtown Joplin, hang out with some amazing college students, eat some Chick Fil A (most for the very first time) and get in a quick trip to an Orange Leaf (also a first). Boom! Gotta love the Jr Hi church trip experiences!
But, back to Taylor. Back to the song.
We sang it with the windows up. We blasted it with the windows down. We sang it in an Arby’s parking lot. We sang it to the boys van. We sang this song (and a couple of others) a zillion times—did I mention we had over 14 hours on the road—so, yeah, uh huh, we had a lot of time to sing.
And the more we sang that song the more I was convinced that it could become one our new anthems. You see, the girls and I had a great “God moment” when we talked about how Taylor’s attitude towards, well towards, perhaps, someone who used to be one of the someone’s who used to be a part of her life, could and even should be our attitude towards sin and temptation. We talked about how there comes a point in our life when we know that there are habits, attitudes, thoughts and actions in our life that need to go. But we flirt with them, go back to them, believe their false promises, and completely exhaust ourselves staying with something that is just wrong for us. We need to know that to really be free; we need to take some serious breakin’ up action.
We need to draw a clear line, and we need to be ready to say, “We are never, ever, ever getting back together.” We need to say to gossip, backstabbing, dishonesty, insecurity, doubt, fear, you name it, “We are never, ever, ever getting back together.” We need to recognize that temptation will “go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me,” but that we are strong enough to respond with a passionate, “But we are never, ever, ever getting back together.”
If we sang that line in our hearts until it was part of our heart, the truth of the truth that we are dead to sin and alive in Christ would begin to define all that we do.
Taylor is right. The back and forth is just exhausting. As we talked, the girls and I decided that when we are tempted to go back to an old habit or sin, we would remember this weekend, we would remember that song, and we would remember that because of Christ we are made for more. We would say good bye to those sinful habits . . . because we are ready to say with confidence, “We are never, ever, ever getting back together.”