from an article i read for the first time today.

This article was Kevin Young, of Disciple, being interviewed about Horseshoes & Handgrenades, their latest album.

this interview totally caught me off guard.

if you know me at all and you read this you will understand.

if you don’t understand, ask me and i will tell you.

 

In one of your press releases you said that at almost every show you hear stories about people cutting, suicide, etc. Is it emotionally draining hearing such heavy stories night after night?

Kevin: Oh, I don’t know if draining is the right word… I’m mean, it’s emotional; don’t get me wrong. Two weeks ago, we got an email from a girl that was planning out her suicide to the last detail and heard our new CD and gave her life to Christ. I was reading it to the guys and I couldn’t even finish it; I was crying and I was like, “Man, come on, seriously?” I was crying like a little girl, can’t even finish the email. And, I mean, yeah, it’s very emotional… and surreal almost- you kind of fanaticize about hopefully doing something that would impact somebody’s life, as a young person or as a young Christian, your like, “Man I really hope I get to do something that really helps somebody.” 

And then when it happens, it’s very surreal because as a Christian you realize it was really God doing all the work. I wasn’t even there. You know what I mean? I wasn’t even any where near this girl when all this stuff happened. It was her,the Holy Spirit, and God doing everything. So it’s very surreal. And we’re just honored, honestly, and grateful to have been a part of any of those stories.

 

Kevin didn't know he was going to meet the girl in the article.

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music & lyrics.

“You know, I’ve got this theory; there are two kinds of people in the world. There are lyric people and music people. You know, the lyric people tend to be analytical, all about the meaning of the song. They’re the ones you see pouring over the lyrics, interpreting the hell out of everything.  Then there’s the music people, who could care less for the lyrics as long as its just got a good beat and you could dance to it. I dont know, sometimes it might be easier to be a music girl and not a lyric girl. But since I’m not, let me just say this, sometimes things find you when you need them to find out. I belive that. And for me, it’s usually song lyrics.”

Scars.

Have you ever considered the beauty of a scar?

A memory or a lesson from the past
It started out with so much pain
Hurt, anger, regret, fear
Over time it began to heal

Then.  Another memory, another hurt.
The skin is ripped open again, revealing the same wound
Some wounds last a day, some a week
Others last so long you’re afraid it won’t leave

But one day you look down
You gasp in surprise
It’s no longer a wound
Somewhere along the way it became a scar
It no longer hurts, it no longer bleeds

It’s a memory, it’s a lesson
Forever marked to remind you of where you’ve been
How far you’ve come
Have you ever considered the beauty of a scar?

this post goes out to anyone and everyone who has dealt with self injury or struggled with scars. 

do not hate your scars, they have made you who you are.