Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Do It Anyway

Wow - two posts in one day! If I can stay caught up, then when inspiration hits, I can share it with you. And that's what happened tonight. I went to the final chorus concert of Hillgrove High School for the year, not as a parent of a student singing, but as the GA "parent" of their teacher.

Again, if you follow my blog regularly, you know our family's story from the last two years and the related story of our Polarican "daughter", Nikki. Though the reasons she moved to GA are no longer a part of her life, our family has had the joy of embracing her as one of us. She is my dark haired daughter, a kindred spirit, and "sister" and soon-to-be roommate of Tiffany.

Over the last three years, Nikki took a brand new chorus program and grew it from a few students to a well-respected presence in Cobb County. I went to her very first concert then and because I happened to be in town, I got to be at her very last one tonight. It was amazing to see the growth not only in numbers, but also in the talent of the students.

Because tonight was her last concert with them since she is moving to Orlando, it was an emotional time for her students as well as for Nikki. Instead of trying to verbally come up with something to say at the end, she thrilled her kids by singing her message to them instead. She chose the song, "Do It Anyway" by Martina McBride and not being a country music fan, I didn't know it. As she sang the words, however, I realized it was Nikki's way of not only giving her kids the sum of herself; I also knew that it was her public stand before God saying, "I'm yours and I trust You". Even though I had tears coming down my face, I was able to get a picture somehow of her singing and it actually turned out pretty good. So here is my sweet girl offering a sacrifice of praise to her God before those who know and love her most. I've included the words under the picture so you can fully appreciate what transpired on that stage tonight.

Congratulations on finishing well, Nikki, and I can't wait to see what God has next. It's going to be awesome!

You can spend your whole life building something from nothing
One storm can come and blow it all away ... build it anyway
You can chase a dream that seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way ... dream it anyway

God is great, but sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray it doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway ... I do it anyway

This worlds gone crazy and it's hard to believe,
That tomorrow will be better than today ... believe it anyway
You can love someone with all your heart, for all the right reasons
And in a moment they can choose to walk away ... love em anyway

God is great, but sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray it doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway ... yeah, I do it anyway

You can pour your soul out singing a song you believe in
That tomorrow they'll forget you ever sang
Sing it anyway ... yeah, sing it anyway yeah, yeah

I sing ... I dream ... I love ... Anyway

1 comment:

Glenda said...

What an awesome song for Nikki to sing to her students for the final concert. Amazing lyrics! It's wonderful that you and Nikki have such a special relationship too.

Love you both!
Hugs, Glenda