Monday Morning Music: Tightrope

Weekends are a wonderful time for dreamers.

For two days you get to live the life you fantasize about. Free from the deadlines and restrictions of the office you have 48 hours to work on your passion project. Whether it’s writing your book or setting up your self-run business or making crafts to sell on Etsy, the weekend is where dreamers have a chance to see life as they imagine it could be.

Then comes Monday. Mondays are like a tightrope.

On Mondays dreamers return to the workplace and toe the line, balancing their wishes with the work they must do to pay the bills. Instead of sailing above the waves pursuing the life you feel like God made you for, you feel like a sinking ship drowned by the weight of sorrow. Managing the weight of what you want to pursue with what you have to do stay afloat you do your best to stay balanced.

If you’re walking the tightrope of Monday, maybe you could use some Monday Morning Music to keep you standing.

medicinecoverDrew Holcomb and The Neighbors have been one of my favorite musical acts to follow the past 5 years. I first saw Drew perform along with his wife Ellie at a Young Life camp. Ever since then it’s been a joy to see him and his band improve with each new album and see their success grow along the way. (Ellie Holcomb has put out some pretty great Monday Morning Music herself.)

Their latest album Medicine is I think their best work yet. It’s a hopeful album, one you can tell was written out of the joy of following one’s calling.

Of course that joy is the reward of sacrifice and hard work. It’s the result of many Monday mornings spent trusting God’s plan even when the path doesn’t look like what you expected. The song “Tightrope” is a perfect encapsulation of this theme.

The key to traversing any tightrope is to not look down. Any acrobat can tell you that. To stay balanced you have to keep your eyes focused ahead as you move forward.

It reminds of the time Jesus encouraged his friend Peter to walk on water. For a few moments Peter was able to do so. You can imagine the sort of rush he was feeling as he stepped across the water without sinking.

And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:29-30)

Look closely at the story. It’s only when Peter takes his eyes off of Jesus that he begins to sink.

We are capable of miracles when we ignore the chaos and keep our eyes on Christ.

So as you walk the tightrope of Monday morning, putting your dreams on pause and heading into a job you don’t love, steady your gaze. Put a great song like this one on your headphones and keep walking forward, following the calling on your heart even in the midst of a storm.

Whatever you do, don’t look down.

I wanna go wherever you go. Through the night no matter where the storms roll. Til the rising sun meets the morning.

I wanna go wherever you go.

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