The first time I heard this song, it nearly brought me to tears. I’m sure none of us had it as bad as Justin Bieber did throughout the years, but we all have hit a bump in the road. There have been plenty of times where we just want to quit and give up everything. I think the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with was transitioning from college to cosmetology school. Not as many people were as happy as I thought they were going to be. I heard too many negative things, within a few months. “Annie, you have so much potential in the medical field why would you do that?” “Why would you waste your time trying to pursue cosmetology?” “Shouldn’t you at least get a degree first?” Even people that didn’t know me tried to convince me not to do it. They would just kind of laugh, like I was joking around. People assume you’re stupid if you go to cosmetology school and it’s like a last resort if all else fails. The disappointment in everyone’s face was so hard to look at. I felt like I was letting everyone down. Family members started questioning me, I felt like the whole world was against me. So many hurtful words were constantly being thrown at me. I’m not sure what it is about cosmetology but people tend to look down upon it. For a while I was really hesitant to tell people what I do, but I’ve started to realize that being a hairdresser is the talent God has given me. I have the opportunity to make people look and feel better about themselves. And it took me time to realize that and now I just thank God for blessing me every day with the talents he has given me. I love what I do, and that’s all I could ever ask for.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
What Justin Bieber is saying is that God is now his “purpose” for living, and he should be ours also. He says “I put my heart into your hands, Here’s my soul to keep I let you in with all that I can, You’re not hard to reach and you bless me with the best gift that I’ve ever known, You give me purpose” We have to remember to give all our problems up to Him and He will take us where we need to be. There is a reason behind every bump in the road and we should learn from them. He is there for us at any time of the day, through our good times and our bad. It only takes a few minutes out of our day to reach out to Him. I loved this line at the end where he says “You’re trying to be the best you can be but that’s all you can do. If you don’t give it all you got, you’re only cheating yourself. Give it all you got, but if it ends up happening, it ends up happening.” We tend to put ourselves down a lot whether it’s for a day or for a week. We really are our own worst enemies, but if we put God first, nothing else will matter. He wants us to use the talents He’s given us to be the best we can be for His glory. Our gifts and talents can be used to serve Him and to help serve His people. If we aren’t trying our best, then we are wasting our own talents. He has to be our first priority from the second we wake up to the second we fall asleep. We shouldn’t expect anything from Him, but He is expecting so much more from us. We have to give Him our hearts and our souls and put all of our trust in Him. He gives us way too much and we take it for granted. Make Him your purpose for living each day.
Written By Annie Rivera