The sign at the corner said “Gospel Brunch.”
Steve’s take: “I wonder how much gospel vs. how much brunch. Maybe this is just an Austin start-up band looking for a place to play.”
My take: “I’ve been wanting to try Threadgill’s anyway, so let’s give it a try.”
And so, on a sunny Sunday during our month of “Let’s consider Austin,” we walked down the road to a vintage BBQ joint, wondering if we should have gone to church instead.
Oh, my goodness! (And I’m not talking about the omelets.) We were in for a treat.
The Levites ( http://www.levitelab.com/bio )sang their sermon with hearty helpings of encouragement, conviction, and just plain fun.
- “Keep Your Mind on Jesus.”
- “Lay Your Burdens Down.”
- “Don’t Worry. Be Happy.” (Because you trust the Lord).
- “Lovely Day”
That last one surprised me. It’s clearly a romantic love song, yet it has become a worship tune for me now. Its message is this:
Sometimes I wake up with my mind burdened by the seemingly impossible challenges ahead of me. Then, once I’ve looked at you, I know everything will be okay.
Doesn’t that pretty much cover how our best days begin? We rarely wake up to face a day free of all difficulties, but we always wake to a chance to remember Who is really in charge. We have a choice, each morning, as to what our focus will be. And when we make the right choice, many of our days can be lovely.
Because I take copyright laws seriously, you’ll have to go here to read or here to listen to the full lyrics written and performed by Bill Withers in 1977. I hope you’ll take the time to do so. Then I hope you’ll take yet another moment and post an answer to this question: What “secular” song has become a song of worship for you? I would love to know!