Saturday, October 21, 2006

"Waiting on the world to change"

Today blog is a bit different. I am going to talk about John Mayer's song entitled "Waiting on the world to change." When I first heard this song on the radio I thought it was a good song, well at least the music part was cool. Then I really listened to the words, and we are going to unpack the song about. I wanted to make this one shorter this week, because I feel the last couple have been a bit long. I hope you enjoy this one.

This is what he says:

So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
Its hard to beat the system
When we're standing at a distance
So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change

Let's unpack this part, if we keeping waiting for the world to change on its own it will not do we as people need to stand up. Find areas were we can get involved and make a difference, Rainstorm did this last night by going to a place called Sew-on-Fire Ministries and they put together gift bags that are going over to Africa to be given out to people. They are trying to make a difference in the world not sitting by waiting for it to change on it owns.
“It is hard to beat the system” if you are “standing at a distance” you need to get there and do something.

Now to the next part about waiting, he sings about waiting for the world to change again. He also says “It’s not that we don’t care We just know that the fight ain’t fair.” Yes the fight is not fair but maybe we still need to fight even if it is not fair.

“One day our generation Is gonna rule the population.” This is true and the type of world you life in well be the one you help create with the people living now. If will be hard to change world once you reach “an age” you think is the right age, you can make a difference now. Stop waiting and start marking a difference.

So we keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
Know we keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
Waiting on the world to change
Waiting on the world to change
Waiting on the world to change.

Stop waiting for the world to change and make a difference, somehow and somewhere. You change make a difference.

The Bible tells a story between Jesus and his fellows after he died and rose from the dead and had spent some time with them it is found in Acts 1:6-8. This is what it says:
“So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"
He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."”

They were “waiting on the world to change” and they thought it would be done at this time; however God had a different idea He would send them out and they would change the world, with the power that He gave them and with the message of Jesus Christ. If you read the Acts 2 you know that they did spent some time waiting and then they got this power. Went out and changed the world with the message of Jesus and 3000 people received this message, and it changed the world. As Christians we still have that same power and we do not have to wait for the world to change, we as the church can began to make a difference and change the world.

I do not want you guys to think I am out to attack pop-culture music. I just thought that we listen to this song and we might believe the words of John Mayer and wait for the world to change with out doing anything. If you felt this is attack against him and his song, I am sorry that is that last thing I wanted. Please leave a comment, even if you do not have a blogspot name you can leave a comment. Thanks for reading I hope you enjoyed it.

Howden Matt Howden


Barrett said...

hey matt
dont worry about your posts being to long, if it needs to be a longer post let it be longer. i have several very long posts, and yours might seem long, but you write it much mroe proper with paragraghs and such, so its actually nto as long as you may think. so don't worry aobut it write as long as you need to, they onyl get better.

Anonymous said...


I love this blog - it is soo true that is exactly how I feel. It is time to shake up this world!!!!!

goodjob on challenging the norms..

bless ya


heyy matty!!
well once again....very very true. amazing!! lol i love that song..its the best. Its all so very true....i really love your point of view on things..its very challenging adn encouraging. I love it matty!!

jade said...

Hey Matt...when i listened to this song...(back in i actually got a different message than you..i just looked at it like a John Mayor was singing about what we do as a society today....and that it wasn't okay....saying that we can't expect to make a difference unless we stop waiting for the world to change and get out and do something, take some action....i didn't see it as him saying this is what we should do.....just an interesting point i i love what we can take from that song...and apply to our lives. i think it actually has a really good least the way in interpreted it. it's a good song. anyways, loved the blog..don't worry about the length, they're always good. Thanks for the encouragement!
ps- by the way did everyone at Rainstorm have fun at sew-on-fire??? that place is awesome!!!! you should do it more often. :) The mission there is really great, and they always need help!