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DON'T BE AFRAID TO STAND OUT!!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

A song. Again, I am inspired by a song. As a singer, music is a HUGE part of who I am and it inspires me at every turn. The lyrics, the passion, the unique sounds, the beat... music is a beautiful thing. Most of the music I am inspired by is under a Christian label, but so much of it is just plain inspirational for everyone, in everyday life. This song is like that. The artist is Britt Nicole - you can hear it on. www.youtube.com/watch?v=
X4GmLRTJq1w


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LOST GET FOUND
from britt nicole

Hello my friend
I remember when you were
So alive with your wide eyes
Then the light that you had in your heart was stolen
Now you say that it ain't worth stayin'
You wanna run but you're hesitatin'
I'm talkin' to me

Don't let your lights go down
Don't let your fire burn out
'Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe
Why don't you rise up now?
Don't be afraid to stand out
That's how the lost get found
The lost get found

So when you get the chance
Are you gonna take it?
There's a really big world at your fingertips
And you know you have the chance to change it
There's a girl on the streets, she's cryin'
There's a man whose faith is dyin'
Love is calling you

Don't let your lights go down
Don't let your fire burn out
'Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe
Why don't you rise up now?
Don't be afraid to stand out
That's how the lost get found
The lost get found

Why do we go with the flow
Or take an easier road?
Why are we playin' it safe?
Love came to show us the way
Love is a chance we should take
I'm movin' out of the way

Don't let your lights go down
Don't let your fire burn out
'Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe
(Stand out)
Don't let your lights go down
Don't let your fire burn out
(Stand out)
'Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe
Why don't you rise up now?
Don't be afraid to stand out
That's how the lost get found
The lost get found

So when you get the chance
Are you gonna take it?
There's a really big world at your fingertips
And you know you have the chance to change it
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What does this mean to us here on SP (and even out there in the "real world")? Not everyone is the kind of person who likes to stand out (and if you're like me you really HATE standing out because that means people look at you). But we need to remember that there are others out there who might need some help. Some encouragement. Or maybe just a friend. Over the two and a half years I've been here on SP I have made a lot of friends. A few of them I still have now and that's awesome! But how many people have I known who were seriously struggling? How many might have benefited from me checking in with an encouraging comment every day instead of once a week or every two weeks? I have had some people whom I knew were struggling and I didn't check up on them for a couple of weeks and the next time I looked they were gone and their account was canceled. I would think, "What might have happened if I had been there just a little more for them?" Now, don't get me wrong. There is something to be said for people NEEDING to do this for themselves. They have to want it. But those of us who know we have a gift or natural ability to encourage, inpsire and lift someone up when they are down - well, I guess we are wasting that gift a bit if we are just responding to the same people in our circle of friends over and over. Get out there - reach new people and let them know that you are there for them. Stand out! Be someone who inspires other people! Cuz I happen to know that I have some pretty inspirational friends who have inspired me - and I hope the same is true of myself. I'm gonna think about what I can do to be there for others and stand out as that girl that people go to when they need help or can count on when things are looking grim. I have that kind of personality - I want to be a STAND OUT kind of girl - but I need to get over myself. I need to get over what people think of me at first glance or what kind of impressions they may have of me. I have a lot to offer this world and keeping it to myself would be a selfish thing to do. And the same goes for you! Get out there and reach those who need someone like you in their lives...

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  • LAVNDRANDY
    It's amazing. When you get that rare opportunity to get a glimpse of the impact you make on folks just by a smile, hug, or a kind word. Usually you don't get to see how you impact others, but when you get that small glimpse, you are reminded that it is forever worth it to make that extra gesture.

    Sarah, I know you and I have been on such a rollercoaster with our weight and our hubbies, but I KNOW that we are WINNERS and that we will OVERCOME all obstacles (including ourselves) and become all that we can be! So often you have come to me with just a word of encouragement. And, sometimes, even when you've needed encouragement, that in itself has helped me draw out of my own self absorbtion and brought be back on track.

    You are on the RIGHT ROAD in heart and attitude--I believe God will continue to support you as you reach forth toward that prize of the high calling and forget those things that are behind...

    Hugs... :)
    4382 days ago
  • SIMPLE_TAILOR
    You are so right about the support and encouragement. I'll have to take some time this evening and drop by some people I haven't talked to in a while.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    ttyl
    4384 days ago
  • LUCKYDUCK2
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful song and your thoughts.
    Here is something I love and want to share with you.

    http://www.theinterview
    withgod.com/popup-frame.html

    I could not get it up as a link here so I hope it will copy and paste ok.

    4385 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/28/2009 1:00:40 AM
  • JENIFIREHARP
    I love it , I love it , I love it!!! I love seeing you with this give it back attitude! I know if you are visiting others they will be inspired.
    4385 days ago
  • TEXASFROG
    I went and listen to this song and love it! Thank you for sharing it with us. Sassy and I were talking with a family member who has been putting off losing the weight that she needs too lose and we were telling her she needs to stand out and I am going to share this song with her. Great Blog thank you again for inspiring us.
    4385 days ago
  • SUZYBGOOD
    Sarah, first of all, you are a standout person, your blogs and the personality that you display on sparkpeople is a loving and fun person. You have motivated me at times. And, after 3 months on sp I had a calling to stand up and stand out as a coleader of my class team. You are so right and I want to say that you were the person that motivated me to stand out. emoticon
    4385 days ago
  • CASEYGIRL1982
    Sarah this is the singer Amy has been telling me about!She got to see her sing at a church!
    4385 days ago
  • SHANSHE
    1st of all, I LOVE the song, love, love, love it! I heard it on the radio the other day and thought it would make a good blog, lol, you have done it for me, THANKS!

    Anyway... you are right... we need to stand out and reach out in love and encouragement.
    Shan
    4385 days ago
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