"Handlebars" by the Flobots -- It's Good to be Alive

"Handlebars" comes from Flobots' album, Fighting with Tools

I can ride my bike with no handlebars

No handlebars
No handlebars

Look at me, look at me
Hands in the air like it's good to be
And I'm a famous rapper
Even when the paths 'r all crookedy
I can show you how to do-si-do
I can show you how to scratch a record
I can take apart the remote control
And I can almost put it back together
I can tie a knot in a cherry stem
I can tell you about Leif Ericson
I know all the words to "De Colores"
And "I'm Proud to be an American"
Me and my friend saw a platypus
Me and my friend made a comic book
And guess how long it took
I can do anything that I want cuz, look:
I can keep rhythm with no metronome
No metronome
No metronome
I can see your face on the telephone
On the telephone
On the telephone

It's good to live in America. It reminds me that God is good. As a free citizen of the United States, I have tons of opportunity to stop and think about God's goodness.

Living in the U.S. reminds me that people are valuable, or that God values people. The beautiful things and ideas around me remind me that God injects purpose and meaning into His creation. In particular, many of the tendencies that are built into all us point to many of God's divine characteristics.

The world is saturated with God's genius. That people have minds, souls and bodies is genius. That people are created in God's image is miraculous.

We set our minds to accomplishing certain goals. We desire. We are restless. We sing and dance. We explore. We create. Do you see how wonderful these things are?

We have all made mistakes. Even though our "paths 'r all crookedy" there is still a straight and narrow Way. We have made our paths all crookedy, but God has taken action to give us a second chance. He has given us a renewing purpose for living well. From skipping rope to learning new things to loving other people, Christ is our new, all-satisfying purpose.

The little things matter. The little things we do matter.

We all are little people. But we all matter because God said so. Jesus Christ eliminates all doubt.


licia31 said...

Yes, were are truly blessed, but take a lot for granted. It's truly sad that we do that. I try to humble myself daily in order to stay on the right track :)

Beverly said...

So true...we all matter to God. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a very interesting blog. I will have to come back & read some more of your post.



Carla said...

"That people have minds, souls and bodies is genius." No one could disagree with that!
Good post!

Big Joey T said...

yo, i must say, this may be one of my favorite posts of yours ever! i love that you can listen to that silly song and have so much god exalting come out of it. thats what music is supposed to do! praise god that he has given you the freedom to listen to a silly song, thats really just very fun and see it as goodness from god! thats the point.


Bill (cycleguy) said...

There is no question in my mind how much we all matter to God. His grace is seen in "come as you are." He didn't say "clean up and then I will accept you." Even when we are not sure who we are (like the song) we can know WHOSE we are. I liked this post and what it reminds me of...I am not insignificant in God's eyes. Thanks Patrick.

Joni said...

You have an interesting blog. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!

It is so true that we have value because GOD SAYS SO!

JMH said...

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