Actually today I told myself to write about something Christian… but something triggered me to feel the need to share about this song.

Yes, its usually used to talk about the relationship between the father and their son, but I guess there are also many things here that we can learn about managing conflicts and learning to cherish each person that are with you.

The first part that move me is this “So we open up a quarrel.Between the present and the past. We only sacrifice the future. It’s the bitterness that lasts” Sometimes in my life, I hear about many people talking to me about the conflicts they have with a particular person.. and sometimes it can be as old as 29 years ago… So.. if we were to continue to dwell on this little conflicts, we will only sacrifice the future of the people we love. So whenever we cannot forgive another person.. always remember the words of Jesus on the cross “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Lk 23:24) .. Mostly, the people who have offended you in the past most likely do not know that they have hurt you.. so its no point dwelling in it.

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matt 6:14:15)

The other part that move me is this
“Say it loud, say it clear, You can listen as well as you hear, It’s too late when we die, To admit we don’t see eye to eye.” I remember this person who told me… “Yes I am angry with the person, so, to avoid the conflict I will not talk to him”.. A lot of times I am thinking to myself, if it really true that not talking will resolve conflict… Sometimes “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (Prov 27:17)… So by keeping quiet with a very fierce look, you can actually sharpen the contention even more… Rather in this song we are being encourage to share what we think clearly… To listen as well as you here reminds me of Elder James exhortation to us Christian “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;” (Jas 1:19).

Do not wait until you lost your love one, then you would just admit that the problem is just differing perspective. So, while the person is with you.. let us all strive to end our conflicts with each other. And to do what Apostle Paul said “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” (Rom 12:18)

May God help us

MIKE & THE MECHANICS

The Living Years
(From the album ‘THE LIVING YEARS’)

Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door
I know that I’m a prisoner
To all my Father’s household tears
I know that I’m a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years
Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thought
Stilted conversations
I’m afraid that’s all we’ve got
You say you just don’t see it
He says it’s perfect sense
You just can’t get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talking in defence

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye…

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It’s the bitterness that lasts
So don’t yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different day
And if you don’t give up, and don’t give in
You may just be O.K.

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

I wasn’t there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn’t get to tell him
All the things I had to say
I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I’m sure I heard his echo
In my baby’s new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

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