If you have read past blog posts that I have written, you will know that music is a love of mine. There are songs that strike the heart chords, there are those that tell a story and there are those that really get me to thinking. When I hear this song and watch the video, I can’t help but laugh to myself.
There is not an event mentioned in the song that I don’t remember. Yes, I was in my formative years when big hair was in (though I opted for the popular Dorothy Hamill haircut), parachute pants, swatches and leg warmers were considered most fashionable. Along with the fashion statements, I remember the Dukes of Hazzard being filmed just down the road from where I lived, people getting their first microwaves and the moment Star Wars came to the big screen.
By growing up in a minister’s home, I mark my milestones and where I was living to such events that I have mentioned. Anytime I hear an old ( I mean classic) song on the radio, I will look over at Jim and tell him where I was living when the song was popular and then I begin going down memory lane. I will share about friendships, where I was in school, and people who had an influence in my life during that time period.
Needless to say, since I have joined Facebook, I have re-united with many friends that have now crossed my path not one time but twice in my life. In re-kindling these friendships, I realize that these people God placed in my life were and are a part of molding me into what I am today.
We all have something that triggers our memories. Some are good and some are not so good. However, we must realize that it is the good, the bad, the ugly, parachute pants and big hair that mold us into who we are today. Just as a potter molds his clay, God is continuing to mold us in his likeness day by day, event by event, and person after person.
Today, I encourage you to count the blessings God has given you. Thank him for the people he has placed in your path and has had an influence on who you are today. As you reflect on your memories, remember to learn from the ugly ones but turn them all over to God and move on. Then, enjoy the good memories and feel your heart smile.