Stumbled upon the great song "World" by Five for Fighting recently and was really impressed by its lyrics and tone. It is hopeful and yet challenging. It asks us to consider what kind of world we'd want to live in and what we might do to make it so:
Got a package full of Wishes - A Time machine, a Magic Wand,
A Globe made out of Gold - No Instructions or Commandments,
Laws of Gravity or Indecisions to uphold,
Printed on the box I see A.C.M.E.'s Build-a-World-to-be,
Take a chance - Grab a piece - Help me to believe it,
What kind of world do you want? Think Anything,
Let's start at the start - Build a masterpiece,
Be careful what you wish for - History starts now...
Full lyrics here. The writer and vocalist John Ondrasik says of the song: "What fed into this is that . . . many stand on their soap boxes and rant and rave without offering any solutions of their own. It's easy to complain. It's hard to do something or offer and alternative solution." How might you use this song?
- Use it a discussion starter to invite youth to think about what they can do to make the world more just, more loving, more like the realm of God.
- Use it as part of a Bible study on the vision of the Kingdom of God found in Jesus' parables.
- Use it as part of a creative worship time, asking for youth to offer prayers of hope for the world.
- Use it as part of an art project, providing youth with magazines, paint, markers, etc. and challenging them to create a collage/mural depicting the world both as it is and as God would have it be.
- Use it to begin a brainstorm on how your ministry might be involved in social justice in your community in 2009.