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Fooling yourself?

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I attended a self described “Old Man Concert” last night. After the show was over and the lights came up, I had another “paradigm improvement” on what it may mean to be “an older man”.

A few years back, I would frequently talk with some colleagues about my job as a “younger man’s game”. I thought it wise thinking, and it sounded good when I said it, but I think I was fooling myself.

I was first introduced to “Styx” at around the age of 9. My dad was was a High School Principal at a small school district in East Texas, and he had the task of approving the theme song for the senior banquet. They picked “Come Sail Away”. It was 1975, and current band leader Tommy Shaw had just joined the band at the ripe old age of 22. My dad put the 33 LP on his Realistic/Radio Shack component stereo turntable, and the soft ballad began. We sat in the living room listening, and my dad (an easy listening music fan) was surprised and pleased by the tune. Two verses later, the real rock started.

Fast forward to 2011. The show last night was great. If I can be as good an accountant/servant/friend at 58 as Tommy Shaw is a musician and performer today, I will likely be on the top of my game?

What’s the key? Passion, and love for what you do. It was obvious last night that Shaw possesses both. At 58, and at the Oklahoma City Zoo, I would expect he could have held back. But he didn’t.

Neither should we. I’ve learned in recent months not to be such an angry young man. And, hopefully, I’ve stopped fooling myself.

Fooling Yourself Lyrics

(The Angry Young Man)

You see the world through your cynical eyes

You’re a troubled young man I can tell

You’ve got it all in the palm of your hand

But your hand’s wet with sweat

And your head needs a rest

And you’re fooling yourself if you don’t believe it

Why must you be such an angry young man

When your future looks quite bright to me

And how can there be such a sinister plan

That could hide such a lamb

Such a caring young man

And you’re fooling yourself if you don’t believe it

You’re killing yourself if you don’t believe it

Get up, get back on your feet

You’re the one they can’t beat and you know it

Come on let’s see what you’ve got

Just take your best shot and don’t blow it.

Lyrics by: Tommy Shaw

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Veiled faces, anyone?

Life comes at you fast. We’ve covered that point before, but do you ever wonder if it’s coming so fast that you’re not seeing the whole picture? I was reminded of this during a Lyric Vault Moment with Styx on the radio a week or so back:

Welcome to the grand illusion
Come on in and see what’s happening
Pay the price, get your tickets for the show
The stage is set, the band starts playing
Suddenly your heart is pounding
You’re wishing secretly you were a star

But don’t be fooled by the radio
The TV or the magazines
They’ll show you photographs of how your life should be
But they’re just someone else’s fantasies
So if you think your life is complete confusion
‘Cause you never win the game
Just remember that it’s a grand illusion
And deep inside we’re all the same
We’re all the same

So if you think your life is complete confusion
Because your neighbor’s got it made
Just remember that it’s a grand illusion
And deep inside we’re all the same

America spells competition
Join us in our blind ambition
Get yourself a brand new motorcar
Someday soon we’ll stop to ponder
What on earth’s this spell we’re under
We made the grade and still we wonder
Who on Earth we are

(Lyrics by Dennis De Young/Styx)

So, is this the full story, or did the apostle Paul do a better job of summing it up?

For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
  Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:10-18

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