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Rest assured this is not a Latin lesson.  In the early 1980’s there was a band called, “Mr. Mister.’  Like many bands of that era, they hung around for a few years and then were gone.  There is one song I still play on a consistent basis to remind myself about the direction of my life - “Kyrie Eleison”.

Kyrie Eleison is Latin in its root meaning.  It means, “Lord have mercy.”  During the song there is a great phrase that makes me reflect every time I hear it.  As I said, I play it on purpose to remind myself of the question in the song.

“When I was young I thought of growing old

Of what my life would mean to me

Would I have followed down my chosen road

Or only wished what I would be?"

Most of us, when we were young, looked forward into our future and thought about the meaning our lives would have.  Sad to say, many people only “thought” about where they saw their lives going, but it stopped there.

No one wants to look back on their life with regret.  If you feel like you are heading down the road and may only end up with a life full of coulda, shoulda, woulda’s, here are few questions to ask yourself.

Have you taken the time to think about what you want your life to mean?  Take the time to dream.  Don’t let discouragement or delay stop you from dreaming about what you want your life to be.

Are you following down your chosen road?   It is important to get advice and counsel from good friends and family.  However, don’t let that alone determine your direction.  God has given each of us unique talents, personalities and passions.  You have a God-given destiny and a chosen road. 

Are you only wishing about what your life could be?  There is a difference between a goal and a wish.  A wish is a “maybe someday” thought – a fantasy.  A goal requires a timeline and action.  Take the time to plan steps to achieve your goal and then take action.

Don’t forget the most important thing to ask according to Mr. Mister and the chorus of the song - “Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy) down the road I must travel.”  We can all use His mercy down the road we are traveling.

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Comment by Don Roulo on March 19, 2012 at 8:14pm

Bernice...music can bring back sites, smells and emotions.  What a powerful thing God created.  It certainly speaks to us as well.

Nate...I must say I find music provokes me to think on so many levels.  It speaks to me...it questions me...it motivates me.  I know it does so much for me.  I find lyrics, rythms, and melodies can go deep into our soul and pull out things we didn't even know existed.  I remember listening to this song while I worked out while conditioning for college football.  My life was quite the mess at the time and I even remember thinking...
What do I want my life to mean??"  Things didn't change for a long time, but I never forgot the question.

Comment by Bernice Coles on March 17, 2012 at 10:20am

Wow....just reading Kyrie Eleison immediately took me back to college...the choir room at 3:00 p.m. on Mondays'. I've sung those words before. I am a proud alum of The Morgan State University Choir. Just named (again) as The Best College Choir in the U.S. by Readers Digest in its list of “America’s 100 Best”. And yes, I surely do need His mercy as I continue down the road......great post. I'm so thankful to have a rich choral history as part of the thread of who I am today. Thanks for the reminder.

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