Lover of the Light


Today’s blog is a repost but one I very much want to share again.

In honor of the eclipse, I’ve been writing this week about the sun, its light, its energy, and its life. Yesterday, I was cleaning my house while the Mumford & Sons’ song “Lover of the Light” came on shuffle. I was reminded of how much I love a particular musical crescendo in this song. It makes me think of this:

Friends, there are simply things you can do uniquely that no one else can do in the same way. That might sound kind of hokey, I realize, but it is actually true. Within those skills, discover where the calling lies and then double down on it. Keep putting it in the world. Sometimes, we are shocked to discover what it can catalyze.

Here’s the repost. . .

That Glorious Crescendo

I have always loved that huge, prolonged, build-up crescendo in the Mumford & Sons song, “Lover of the Light.”

It starts at 3:44 and builds for a whole minute until 4:43.

I hear a bit of a metaphor in this music — a musical parable, if you will. Almost every time I listen, I end up thinking about change. This is what the best kind of change can sound like.

Intriguingly, the crescendo starts after these words:

“You may not trust the promises of the change I’ll show.
But I’ll be yours if you’ll be mine.”

Then we’re off.

We hear a motive.
And it repeats.
And it repeats.
And it repeats.
And it repeats

It keeps repeating the entire time. It keeps on sounding.

And soon, other themes and chords emerge. They begin to accompany it. Then they grow and become progressively stronger. The initial theme remains, but it is no longer the sole focus. Our attention is now drawn to the collective whole.


Over the years, I’ve shared a Howard Thurman quote with many people: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Of course, I do believe we should ask what the world needs. But I also think that our aliveness — our dreams, our connections, and the callings which fuel us — can be some of the best gifts we offer our neighbors. They are ripe for collective change.

So whatever it is. . .
that dream,
that hope,
that longing,
that resource,
that gift,
that ability which comes so easily that you forget it’s special,

Keep doing it.

Put it out into the world and double down on it. Because it may come along and accompany someone else’s gift. And other people may come along and begin to accompany yours.

There may be obstacles (there probably will be) but that is how the best, life-giving change is made.

So bring it into the light.


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