There’s a song that I really can’t seem to get out of my head right now.
Here it is.
I’ve liked the song for awhile, and it really caught my attention when it started showing up in Disneyland commercials. Like this one:
The verses of the song aren’t particularly deep. They speak of a band who is quickly travelling around the world, they have hit the big time, and they are not really certain how they have arrived at this point in their lives.
But the chorus, with it’s soaring background vocals, whistling, and upbeat drums, are what make the song successful. It’s why Disney uses it in its commercials, and its why it’s on my “regular” playlist.
This could really be a good life. It could really be a good life–good, good life.
It can really be a good life. The choices I make, the way I reflect on all that happens around me and to me–it’s what determines whether my life is good or bad. As the song goes on, it says,
I feel like there might be something that I’ll miss.
I feel like the window closes oh so quick.
I’m taking a mental picture of you now,
the hope is we have so much to feel good about.
When you think about your life, right now, there may be somethings that aren’t exactly great. The lyricist remembers this: sometimes there’s airplanes you can’t jump out, sometimes there’s bull—- that don’t work now. Yes, life isn’t exactly sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.
But, tell me–what there is to complain about?
Compare your life right now to practically anyone else in the world, and you can find a reason to sing that your life is a good one. If you have a job, or are able to run and jump, if you can read or have a bed to sleep in, if you had a hot meal or took a shower–these are all things to feel good about.
My life has had hard times. But it’s also been incredibly blessed and rich. Sure, I was unemployed. Yes, we’ve faced awful debt, and the money hasn’t always been there. But I also have a great career, an amazing wife and four fantastic children. We’ve travelled around the United States. We live in a nice and comfortable house. We’ve been to Disneyland, creating those memories the commercial puts so well, with our kids more than most people who live 1800 miles away.
My point is this: perspective is everything. When your happiness, joy, and contentment are placed in the right perspective, everybody can say that their life is a good one.
Paul wrote it this way in Philippians 4:12-13:
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
When the source of your happiness isn’t the stuff you have–or don’t have–when you realize it’s in the memories you create, the moments you share, the fact that God has given you the ability to enjoy it all and the strength to endure those “airplane you can’t jump out” moments, you can look at your life differently.
You can also sing, with abandon, “This is a good, good life.”