I Know There’s More Than This


All I hear is what they’re selling me,

That God is love, He isn’t suffering,

And what you need’s a little faith and prosperity,

But, oh my God, I know there’s more than this—

If you promise pain, it can’t be meaningless,

So make me poor if that’s the price for freedom.

— Tenth Avenue North

“Don’t Stop the Madness,” The Struggle (2012)

We should take care what we sing along with in the car. I can remember very clearly one moment almost a year ago when I was driving home from work and this song by Tenth Avenue North was playing. I remember I turned a corner, almost home, singing along to this verse:

So make me poor if that’s the price for freedom–

And very quietly I heard God ask, Do you mean that?

What?

Do you mean that? Would you be poor if it meant freedom? If it was what I wanted?

How poor?

Very. You would have to rely on Me.

All of this happened quickly—so quickly—while I made that turn, and I remembered thinking that if I told God “No,” I would never be able to listen to this song again.

But deep inside I knew my answer was “Yes.”

Yes, I mean that.

Be careful what you sing along with in the car.

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One thought on “I Know There’s More Than This

  1. And be careful what you ask for in general. For whether it be a good thing or a bad thing, it will undoubtedly not be what you thought it was at the time.

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