Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me
I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed
She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb
In the shape of an "L" on her forehead. -Smash Mouth, "All Star"
I cannot read those lyrics without singing them. It's impossible. I tried. Chances are, you're the same way. And I am really sorry if I just got that song stuck in your head for the next three weeks.
There was a time in the late 90s' when one couldn't get away from that song. It was in movies, on the radio, and seemingly sung by everyone. It's easy to get caught up in the catchy tune and miss that "All Star" actually has meaning.
Smash Mouth's earworm of a song is about identity. It begins with a woman telling the protagonist of this epic tale he's dumb, going to be crushed by the world, and a loser. To which, the singer replies, "Hey now, you're an all-star... Hey now, you're a rock star... And all that glitters is gold, only shooting stars break the mold." In other words: "Don't let anyone tell you who you are... unless they're me. And I say, You're awesome and because you're awesome go out and do something awesome."
It's a motivating song no doubt. Take life by the horns! Be something great! That's who you are! But it hits upon a deeper need. We have to be told who we are. We might think we can look deep inside and find the real us, but the truth is, we are shaped, built up, and crushed by the voices that speak into our lives. In "All Star" the main character has a choice of who to hear. Will they be defined by the insulting woman, or will they listen to the motivating and encouraging lead singer of Smash Mouth? It's obvious, that we're the lead character and we're supposed to listen to Steve Harwell. Because, well, we're all-stars and knew it all along!
We all need a namer. We all need someone to tell who we are, but the problem is Steve, while he may be a great guy, doesn't have a clue who you are. But there is one that made you, knows you, and can tell you exactly who you are: Jesus.
Join us tomorrow as we look at the foundation of our true identity in Ephesians 2:1-10. The Scriptures give us a truthful yet hopeful look at who we are. Smash Mouth was wrong. You're no all-star. In Christ, you're more than an all-star. Don't sell yourself short.
Join us for worship tomorrow!
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