“Steal My Show” tobymac

This song came on the other day on my morning drive. It’s Pledge Week at TheHouse (based in Ponca, but streaming online at thehousefm.com) and they were sharing comments from listener-supporters. Over and over, the listeners talked about how refreshing the positive messages are, in a society that worships people like Chris Brown (abuser) and Beyonce (satanist?) and Lady Gaga (need I say more?) and their music. {Disclaimer: I adore Rihanna’s music, but I’m just as confused by her lyrics and appalled by her videos as the next girl.} But even when songs on Top 40 talk about drinking, sex, cheating, and heartache, you always know there is happy music out there. Some of it talks about God directly, some are respectful love songs that you can sing to your family or spouse, and some are just plain happy songs about life. And then there are songs like this….

So now the crowd is hype, that you showed up tonight
Anticipatin’, cravin’, somethin’ more than smoke and lights
So I’ll step out the way, I’ll give you center stage

I won’t share the whole song with you, it’s easy to search on YouTube and get the real effect, complete with his voice.

This song is a powerful message. While not bossy or condescending, it’s a call to humble ourselves. It’s human nature to be self-centered, but sometimes we’re just tools for “the greater good.” I’ve always said my mom’s accident wasn’t her punishment but a wakeup call to those of us around her to appreciate life and family. So sometimes, no matter what goals we have in mind for our big performance, it might work out better in the long run if it takes a new direction. Maybe that means we write a song that may never be a chart topper, but no man is an island… We cause ripples everywhere.

If you wanna steal my show, I’ll sit back and watch you go
If you got somethin’ to say, go on and take it away
Need you to steal my show, can’t wait to watch you go-o-o-o
So take it away

What I find most powerful about this song is the medium it comes from. The message is great, the tune is catchy, but this song comes from tobymac. For those who may not know (or remember), tobymac was one of a trio from the 90’s known as DC Talk. Jesus Freak, anyone? Point is, he’s been on top of Contemporary Christian radio for years now. He has every opportunity to be proud, arrogant, and self-promoting. But here, he tells us he would replace every word from his mouth with whatever words He puts in his mouth. At risk of his fanbase, his career, his monetary success, he wants to share something he’s passionate about.

It wouldn’t have been the same coming from a debut album, now would it?

Whether you’re a chart topper or a LLG in the corporate world, you can touch someone today. Be nice to the moron in the minivan. Help the little old lady at the grocery store. Spend some time just chatting with your significant other. Count to ten before you go postal. What’s it gonna hurt if you’re not the most important person on the planet today? And who might it help?

Happy Thursday, everyone!!

When You arrive, we come to life
Our hearts collide, they’re beating in the same time
You’re comin’ through, all eyes on You
Our hearts collide they’re beating in the same time,
Beating in the same time
No matter who we are, no matter what we do
Every day we can chose to say…

(Chorus)

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