Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Everygirl, Part One


One of my favorite songs is Michael W. Smith's "Old Enough to Know", which was written back in the mid-eighties.  The music (which is, yes, definitely eighties!) is wonderful and the lyrics touched my heart.  If you haven't heard this song before, I would encourage you to listen to it!  The whole album (The Big Picture) is great, but this song has really stood out to me the most. Here are the lyrics and also my thoughts following:



Old Enough to Know

In the passion your heart is abused;
He is pushing you, you have to choose.
Oh, Rebecca, love is never
Easy anymore.
Oh, Rebecca, so afraid of
Losing what is yours.

Oh, are you giving in
To the pressure?
Holding you again,
Now he tells you
What it takes to be in love,
He believes you're old enough.
But how you gonna feel tomorrow
When the day reveals
What you believed was for the sake of love,
Don't you think you're old enough to know?

You're a breed of few and far between,
Holding onto your romantic dream
Oh, Rebecca, love is patient,
Love would understand.
Oh, Rebecca, this decision
Is your only chance

Oh, are you giving in
To the pressure?
Holding you again,
Now he tells you
What it takes to be in love,
He believes you're old enough.
But how you gonna feel tomorrow
When the day reveals
What you believed was for the sake of love,
Don't you think you're old enough to know?

Oh, Rebecca, don't confuse what love is
With what some say love should be...
Should be...

Oh, are you giving in
To the pressure?
Holding you again,
Now he tells you
What it takes to be in love,
He believes you're old enough.
But how you gonna feel tomorrow
When the day reveals
What you believed was for the sake of love,
Don't you think you're old enough to know?

Oh, Rebecca, don't you think you're old enough to know?
Oh, Rebecca,
Hang on girl!
You're old enough to know!


 This song doesn't give much background on this "everygirl", but I'm sure her story is a very typical one.  I've seen it, read about it, heard about it, could have been it! Here it is: Once upon a time, there lived a young girl with a heart that was pure and longed for a beautiful romance. One day a charming young man entered her life and captured her affections. As time passed, small compromises cleared the path for bigger ones till the biggest one of all was staring her in the face.  Now the young woman is facing heartbreak.  If she draws away from this young man in an effort to preserve her already marred purity, she might lose him; he's been pressuring her to follow her heart and not care what she'd been told is right and wrong.  On the other hand, if she gives in, will she be able to live with the consequences... and herself?


This song is a plea to young women to hold onto what has been given them by the Lord.  Our purity is a sacred, beautiful thing.  It saddens me to know how many of the young women in our world have given up on having a "one and only love" and living happily ever after.  Young men also have lowered their standards, making godly young men scarce.  My prayer is that their hearts will be changed, whether its by a song, a friend's advice, a parent's wisdom, or the best source of all: God's Word.  I'll be sharing songs and stories about young women in my next few posts as I continue this series of appeals to "Everygirl".  That's you, that's me!  None of us are perfect.  We're all capable of failure.  Are we prepared to face temptation and struggles with the Lord as our strength and defeat them?

God bless!
Rachel

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