When is the Last Time You Did Something For the First Time?


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.


So What Does the Last Shall Be First Really Mean in Today’s World?


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.


Lyrics And Songwriting Ideas


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.


Song Lyrics


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.


Free Song Lyrics Website – How To Choose The Right One?


Ever wonder what the lyrics to your favorite song are? Or are you one of those people who just sings along with your favorite song without knowing all of the song lyrics? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you are someone who should do a Google search for a good lyrics site.

Most of the lyric sites on the web are free and offer a huge amount of free song lyrics for you to browse through and read. The one thing to watch out for with these free lyric websites is the amount of ads they serve, and in extreme cases some lyric websites have one or more pop up ads that seem to pop up every time you open a page.

The things you should look for when trying to find a good free song lyric website is first and foremost layout. The layout is very important because you have to comfortable browsing through the pages because most lyric websites have thousands of song lyric pages. The layout is also important because a layout that has bright graphics or moving things can cause eye strain and be very irritating.

Another thing that is very useful with a song lyric website is features such as favorites list, which allows users to bookmark or save their favorite song lyrics in one spot for easy access. Another key feature which is a must have is a print function. This function allows you to print the lyrics and most of the time the print function will display the lyrics only and cut out all of the layout stuff so you are not printing graphics and colors etc.

So in the end it pays off to do a little search for a good song lyric website because once you find a good one you will not have to sing songs without knowing the words.


The Best Sad Country Songs That Will Make Your Heart Cry


Listening to sad country songs can indeed make people feel sad, especially if they are at their most vulnerable. They might have recently lost the ones they love the most like their lovers, family members, and friends. Most sad songs talk about the ups and downs of love, such as letting go of a loved one, healing broken heart, or moving on with life after a break up. Country music is considered by many people more passionate and emotional than other genres such as pop and rock. That is why many sad country songs have the ability to remind you of the sweet memories that you had with a loved one before they passed away, or before a painful break up.

One of the saddest country songs of all time is One Last Time by Dusty Drake. The song tells about a phone call a man made to his wife from Flight 93 just seconds before the 9/11 incident. The man called to say goodbye, to tell her how much he loved her, and told her to be strong. She could not help but cry, as they had many plans ahead and their children were still too young to understand that their daddy had to go. The lyrics are actually a dialog between the man and his wife which happened before the plane hit the ground. The dialog is accompanied only by a piano, making the song a very emotional one. If you listen to the song, it is guaranteed to make you cry, especially if you know what it is like to lose someone you love so much. It also makes us realize that we should give the utmost love to our loved ones as we never know when our time or their time will come. Most people end up regretting that they did not get the chance to say “I love you” or to apologize for their mistakes to their loved ones before they die.

Another sad country song is He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones. The song tells about a man who was left by his lover and never stopped loving her for years till the day he died. It shows us that undying love does exist. This song will also bring tears to anyone who listens to it. Another sad country song that brings such an emotional impact to the listeners is If Tomorrow Never Comes by Garth Brooks. The song tells about a man who had lost the ones he loved and did not get a chance to say how much he loves them. Thus, he always reminds himself to say how much he loves his lover, so that when the time comes, she would not doubt his feeling about her. On the contrary, if you wish to listen to happy country songs instead, then the best country wedding songs of all time are the ones you must listen to. Some of the best ones are I Do by Paul Brandt, Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis, When I Said I Do by Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black and many more.


Defying Gravity – When Was the Last Time You Tried?


Anyone with half an interest in the theatre could not have failed to notice the incredible acclaim the musical Wicked is getting both on Broadway and in the West End in London. It truly has built a tremendous following. I particularly like the song in it Defying Gravity. It really is a great song and so powerfully sung too. What makes the song even more special is the sentiment behind the song. Google the lyrics to the song and you will see what I mean.

I’m through with playing by the rules of someone elses game. That is just one of a number of great lines. Close my eyes and leap. It’s time to trust my instincts. Another two great lines.

What a message that is. What a strong powerful message that song and those words convey. It really is an inspirational song. But when was the last time you did anything other than what others would expect of you? When was the last time you trusted your instincts, closed your eyes and took a leap?

If you want to make changes to your life, and I have rarely met anyone who doesn’t, then you need to stop doing what you have always done and do something else. If doing what you have always done up until now has brought you to this point in your life and it isn’t where you want to be then it stands to reason you need to start doing things differently.

It’s time you closed your eyes, saw what it was you really wanted, trusted your instincts and took the leap. Only then will you know if you can defy gravity!