Most of the time we listen to music with ourselves in mind. When we listen to a particular song, we filter through the lyrics and melodies to find pieces that fit our past and/or present thoughts, feelings, and circumstances, therefore making the song meaningful and applicable to us personally.
Sometimes, though, we are “selfless listeners,” meaning we sift through a certain song with someone else’s thoughts, emotions, and circumstances in mind, in place of our own.
“Eyes on the Prize” by Sara Groves* is one of those songs that, when I listen to it, I can’t help but think of some good friends of mine, who also hold this song dear to their hearts. The lyrics of the chorus say,
The way is slow, and we’ve so far to go
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
There isn’t one believer in Christ who can’t relate to those lyrics, and yet I always think of my friends when I hear them. It reminds me of the troubles and trials they’ve faced, as well as their trust in and commitment to the Lord.
If you haven’t heard “Eyes on the Prize” before, you really should! It is an encouragement to all of God’s children to “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14) Below I’ve included links to listen to “Eyes on the Prize” on YouTube, a pdf to read the lyrics, and also a link to Sara telling about why she wrote the song.
“Eyes on the Prize” on YouTube.
“Eyes on the Prize: Story Behind the Song” on YouTube.
“Eyes on the Prize” lyrics.
* If you read my blog post from last week, you know that Sara Groves is coming to the church I work at, Grace Community Church in Hudsonville, MI, for a concert on Thursday, October 16 at 7pm. It is going to be a wonderful evening, and I encourage anyone in the West Michigan area to come out for the concert. You can purchase tickets by clicking here.