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You’ve got to stand for something…

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I love country music. It speaks to me. Where ever I am in my life, there is some musician that seems to have the words that let me know they “get” it.

The top song on my all-time list is Aaron Tippin’s “You’ve Got to Stand for Something.”  The chorus is:

You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything

Those words are my personal motto in life. To really understand the core of who I am as a Christian, as a wife, as a mother, as a friend, and just as a human… look no further.

While I used to think that standing for what was right made others wrong, I have learned that that is not always the case. Sometimes I can stand solidly on what I think is right while someone else is firmly standing on what they think is right and we still find ourselves on the opposite side of the problem. The last five years of my life has taught me that standoffs like that are not only okay, they are actually good. They make you rethink why you chose the side you are on rather than just continuing to stand out of stubbornness.

Standing for something is not about being right, it is about standing for what you think is right. It is remembering that tonight when you turn off the lights and curl up under the blanket, the only thing between you and sleep is your own brain. That is when guilt, fear, and regret step in.

Though sometimes I do mess up and have to answer for my own poor decisions, this song is a constant reminder to me that standing for something is far more important than pleasing people. I never want to be seen as a puppet. I think the world has plenty of those on all sides of the political, religious, and social spectrum. I want to be self-examined and self-assured that what I’m doing is the right thing in my own mind.

If I am in that “right” place, the only ones I will have to answer to are myself, my husband, and my God.


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