You Are More! ( as amplified by Tenth Avenue North)


You know how a song just comes back to you, in the dead of the night or right smack in the middle of your busy day? The memory of the song just nags you for hours on end. Well, the song- You Are More by Tenth Avenue North– has been on my mind for 5 months but I never acted on it until now.

How did I even come about this song? Very uneventful encounter really – riding in a car with my boisterous 8- year old niece who seems to know the words to every gospel song belting from her mother’s car radio.

Simple lyrics, unknown artiste (at least to me), “white” music with a lot of strings which I typically do not fancy, but profound message.

It situates the love of Jesus in the struggle many of us have. Here are a few words that caught me:

How did I get here?
I’m not who I once was
I’ve been crippled by the fear
That I’ve fallen too far to love

 She knows all the answers
She’s rehearsed all the lines
And she’ll try to do better
But she’s too weak to try

 Cos this not about what you’ve done
But what’s been done for you
This is not about where you’ve been
But where your brokenness brings you too

The story plays around the mental struggles of a teary girl- the poster child of personal struggle, of not being good enough, of confusion and despair etc. It recounts feelings of inadequacy we have from time to time about our lives, our respective purposes and of course, our walk or “non -walk” with God.

The Chorus is what does it for me:

You are more than the choices you have made
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes
You are more than the problems you create
You’ve been remade

The message of Christ’s love is summed up in these four unassuming sentences. Your past does not need to define you, mistakes are meant to be corrected.

It’s called “Failing Forward” and guess what, there is so much more to you, if you would only to DARE TO ACCEPT and EMBRACE Christ’s free gift of unrestrained love, amazing grace and the blessing of restoration. Then, we can truly leave our baggage behind and walk into a new day. What’s even more awesome, it’s not too late yet. He is only a prayer away. It took my niece’s exuberant but eloquent yelping me to remind me of certain truths (out of the mouth of babes and sucklings!)

I leave you with this simple, yet profound scripture:

Therefore, if any man be in Christ, He is a new creature, old things have passed away behold all things have become new (2 Cor 5:17).

N.B- Here is the Lyric video for “YOU ARE MORE”, by Tenth Avenue North!


God Bless You!




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