The first time I heard that was from Harry Beckwith when I saw him speak. It got me to thinking and I made a pledge to do a lot more FIRSTS.
Last night was one of those firsts. Brits Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota has a garden roof top that is covered in grass. On Saturdays and Sundays they have lawn bowling and on Monday nights during the month of August they show movies on the roof top. The movie is projected on to a white block of bricks on the Doubletree Hotel.
You grab a bucket that has napkins, forks, ketchup and a number on the side and plunk down on the grass with your blanket. We ordered dinner and drinks and ate right on the lawn while waiting for the movie to start.
Then at 8:30 PM the magic begin. As we stretched out on the blanket with our 3 kids, we munched popcorn and watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Right there on the rooftop in a crowded metropolitan city my kids got to enjoy a whole new experience. For me, it brought me back to the days of my childhood with drive-in movies.
Remember those? Mom and Dad would pop a big bag of popcorn and put some pop in a cooler and we would head in our station wagon to the drive-in. The big deal was when you were old enough to go up and lay on the roof of the car.
We would peek down and make funny faces at our parents though the front windshield. I am sure it added much to their movie experience.
So last night I experienced something for the first time… And I loved it!
Remember to recharge yourself by trying new things for sometimes a slight twist in perspective is all you need to re-energize, to see a problem in a new light, or to become more innovative.
And, in the process you may just create some new loyal customers, like Brits did last night.
You have heard Jesus say that the first shall be last and the last shall be first. What does it mean for the last to be first? Does it mean we have to come last in life and have a hard life to be first in the Kingdom of God? Or does it have another meaning that was can all aim to achieve if we put our mind to it?
Jesus said what it means another way when He said, “If anyone wants to become greatest in the Kingdom of God, he should become the servant of all.”
What does being a servant of all look like. Let me share a story with you.
One time I met a preacher that was invited from Malaysia to our country by a man at a church I used to go to. The man that came was very humble and the best teacher of the Bible I have ever met. He seemed to know what every verse in the Bible meant and I asked him over 200 questions about passages in the Bible and he had an answer for every one of my questions. When he taught he was open to questions from us and often the questioning would last more than 20 minutes before he got back to his text.
He was patient with me. I have never met a guest speaker who allowed me to ask so many questions. He was simply our servant for a week. He taught us what the Holy Spirit told him to teach and in between he was there to answer all our questions. There was nothing that he did not know about the Bible, but instead of being puffed up by the knowledge he was humble and very willing to take his time to explain it to us in simple language so we could understand.
This man was what Jesus called the greatest in the Kingdom. He was powerful in his own life, and yet still he was humble and easy to ask questions. One time in India on a mission trip he even served me coffee as he knew my hands had a tremor and I could not do it. I felt so honored that day that he served me the coffee.
Do you know, that is how Jesus was? He knew the scriptures more than any man that had come before Him and yet he was patient and kind and put it simply to His listeners. He had the time and the patience to explain things in the simplest of ways so people could understand. He would do a day of preaching and then stay up late into the morning explaining to his followers what he meant.
Jesus wants us to serve people with our gifts and talents and not just serve ourselves. He wants us to give of our time and our money to serve lost humanity. It’s through serving others that we are great in the Kingdom.
A song is totally based on its lyrics and melody. Writing lyrics for a song may seem difficult at first. Some people think it takes years of formal training to write good lyrics and become a decent songwriter. I believe it’s quite the opposite though. Lyrics are all around us every day, if we just be observe. You have to develop a lyrical mindset. Songs can be written about anything.
It is easy to get ideas for writing lyrics by listening to conversations in day to day life and by observing activities going on around you. Inspiration can be found everywhere, in magazines and newspapers, on the radio, and even in your workplace. Some songwriters start out composing their thoughts as a story, and then putting these ideas into lyrics and rhyme.
When you get your lyrical ideas down on paper, you refine it and start searching for words that will make your lyrics rhyme. However, you don’t always need your lyrics to rhyme. Don’t just add words to a song because they rhyme, if they don’t make sense in the song. Also, if you can’t get the last part of the lyrics to rhyme, you can try to think of combinations of words that would rhyme. Whatever you do, you want your lyrics and rhymes to flow naturally.
Don’t worry about trying to finish an entire song in one sitting. That just isn’t practical most of the time, although sometimes someone can feel really inspired and write whole songs worth of lyrics at once. Really though, you should just write the lyrics down as they come to you, and you will eventually be able to take the best lines and best phrases to complete the song with original lyrics.
As with everything else, practice makes perfect. The more you write, the better you will become. Besides just jotting down lyrics as they come to you throughout the day, try to schedule a regular time each day and think about how to compose those lyrics into a meaningful song. Some people find early mornings to be the best time, when they feel refreshed and get better ideas. Today, there is even songwriting software available on the internet to help aspiring lyricists. You may want to look at some of the songwriting software on the market.
Songs are all based on their lyrics and tunes. Writing the lyrics of a song may seem like something that needs lots of formal training. On the contrary, song lyrics are available everywhere around us. We just have to realize that they’re there.
It is very easy to get lyric writing ideas by listening in to conversations and by monitoring activities around you. There are ideas everywhere, on the radio, magazines, and newspapers and even in your office. You could start out writing your thoughts like a story, and then transform these ideas into lyrics and rhyme. Once you start writing lyrics, you start searching for words that rhyme to make your lyrics rhyme. However, if you can’t get the last words of the lyrics to rhyme, you could try to make the line rhyme halfway as well. However, it is not always that you need to have the lyrics rhyme. Don’t make it seem as if the rhymes have been forced to rhyme by adding words at the end of the line just because they rhyme. Instead, make your rhymes flow naturally into the lyrics.
Never pressure yourself to finish a song on one seating, as this is not practical. Just jot the lines as they come to you, and eventually you will be able to pick up the best of the ideas or phrases to complete the lyrics for your song. As in all other cases, practice makes perfect. The more songs and lyrics you write, the better you will become. To ensure that you don’t neglect your lyric writing, it is better to set aside a regular period everyday to write lyrics, preferably early in the morning when you are fresh and will thus get better ideas. Nowadays, for those who need instant song lyrics, there is even songwriting software available on the internet.