Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Looked down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight
Touched down on the cold black top
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breathe in the familiar shock
Of confusion and chaos
Are those people going somewhere?
Why have I never cared?
 
CHORUS:  
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me your heart for the once forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see
yeah
yeah
yeah
yeah
 
Step out on a busy street  
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide whats underneath
Theres a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie
To ashamed to tell his wife
He's out of work
He's buying time
Are those people going somewhere?
Why have I never cared?
 
(REPEAT CHORUS)
 
Ive Been there a million times  
A couple of million eyes
Just moving past me by
I swear I never thought that I was wrong
Well I want a second glance
So give me a second chance
To see the way you see the people all alone
 
(REPEAT CHORUS x2)

TID-bits

This song is a perfect accompaniment anytime you have a story or a phone call on the following:  

  • about coming to a realization.
  • about someone stepping out to help.
  • about someone having compassion on another.

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  • There was a young girl, Jamie, who had an accident and she lost her arm.   For a time she refused to go to school or church because of her depression.
  • When she finally came to the time where she felt she could face her peers, her mother called her Sunday school teacher and asked that he not call attention to Jamie.   The teacher promised, but then he got sick on Sunday and had to call a substitute.
  • At the conclusion of the lesson, which was about inviting friends to church, the sub led the class in doing the hand motions to the familiar children’s poem:
  • Here is the church, here is the steeple.   Open the doors, and see all the people.
  • Jamie’s eyes filled with tears.   A boy in the classed sensed Jamie’s pain and knelt beside her.
  • With one hand apiece, they supported each other, making the church, steeple, and people.
  • Together they illustrated what real church is.
  • It’s seeing the hurt and needs of others, and responding.

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  • Have you ever had a family member say to you:   “You just don’t listen!”
  • You know why?   It’s not because we don’t want to listen, it’s because our brains tend to gloss over, that which is familiar.
  • You’ve noticed this on your drive to work.   Some business will put out a new sign, and that’s what you notice.
  • This (That) song is a “new sign” on a familiar road of life.   Next time you see a change on your drive to work, or realize you’re glossing over in a conversation, stop yourself, and pay attention with compassion.

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  • That song is about seeing all of humanity - complete strangers - in a different, more compassionate light.
  • But it reminds me that sometimes compassion needs to be shown to those who are in the building with me.
  • Sometimes those who you work with, or do life with, end up being lonely - even in a room full of people.
  • Let that song be a reminder to stop, reach out, and ask a co-worker or family member if they’re really doing OK.

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  • The Bible says that King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived.   He had it all, including tons of friends.
  • In the 7th chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes he sadly reported that there was only one man in the thousand that he knew who was upright and trustworthy.
  • Pastor Ed Young, writing about this in the book “Been There, Done That, Now What” says that what Solomon was really saying was this:
  • “It is the rare, rare person under the sun who has his life together.”
  • This (That) song is about one person who doesn’t have it together wanting to help other people who don’t have it all together.
  • Can you relate?   I know I can.
  • Turn to the person next to you and say “I’m just as messed up as you, but I’m still here to help.”

    Scripture References

    Matthew 25:40

    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

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    Hebrews 13:16

    And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

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    Phillippians 2:4

    Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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    1 John 3:17-18

    If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

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    James 2:14-17

    Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with a What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about when you found out that someone near you was hurting, someone who you thought was fine.   Relate to the listener that they are probably closer to a hurting person today than they even realize.

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    Talk about taking some bad tasting medicine.   Relate that we often act that way when it comes to helping someone on the street.   We have to go beyond the discomfort to do something good.

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    I bought a combination lock to use at the gym.   It ended up being no good since I don’t wear my glasses in the locker room.   That’s like this song.   I can see people, just like I could see the lock, however I need a special set of eyes to really see them.

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