Reading for Sunday, 09/22/2019
From First Timothy 6: 11-16, in part…
“You must aim to be upright and religious, filled with faith and love, perseverance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith and win the eternal life to which you were called and for which you made your noble profession of faith before many witnesses.”
Like some of the other phrases and inspirations I share here (and otherwise), there is often linkage to songs that goes along. This excerpt from First Timothy definitely falls into that category.
One of my favorite bands I listened to as an adolescent was the Canadian rock band, Triumph. Not to be confused with another of my favorite bands, also from Canada, RUSH. : – )
Triumph inspired me musically and lyrically. They brought a straight-ahead, definite hard rock sound, guitar-heavy, with this great blend of inspiring lyrics for some songs, and very typical “rock n’ roll” lyrics for other songs.
One of their songs, “Fight the Good Fight”, was a particular gem from one of their earlier albums. At that time, around 1981, I was deep into adolescence and had begun the life-long journey to define my own faith, and find my own way forward in life. Faith was a big factor.
When I linked this rock song to this Bible passage…? For me, it was a magic power (another great Triumph song, by the way).
Fight the good fight every day, live a life worthy of the gift it is. Follow the Golden Rule, through struggle and obstacle, be gentle and kind to everyone that needs it, and love one another. As you love, so you shall be filled with love.
This mantra still rings true all these years later, and powers me forward each and every day.