By: Brittney Stevens // @pineapplefroyo
I’m an avid listener [and lover] of inspirational music of all kinds. Recently, I heard a song by the band Casting Crowns, in which there was the lyric: “love’s never met a lost cause.” Ever since I heard it, that lyric has remained stuck inside my mind. The more I had thought about it, the more I had realized that, although I had used it in conversation before, I did not completely understand the meaning of the phrase “a lost cause.” Luckily, ole-faithful Google helped me out with the definition:
Lost Cause (noun)
1 a person or thing that can no longer hope to succeed or be changed for the better.
After I read that, I remembered the numerous times in which I had believed this same thing about myself; that because of things I have said or done that were less than stellar, I could never “hope to succeed or be changed for the better.”
As I matured, though, I saw (and am still seeing) just how detrimental that thought process was. I had let my negative beliefs about myself get in the way of me seeing my worthiness. And as a result, I believed that being lovable was only reserved for those who had perfect lives, not for imperfect messes like me. Thankfully, all that inspirational music revealed something beautiful to me: the way out of that prisoner-mindset was love, and was love all along. It started with believing in its power, and slowly lead to believing that maybe, just maybe, I’m worth loving, too.
I think it's interesting how we call ourselves unworthy of love’s grasp, coming up with the same excuses I used (and still find myself using), like: “If anyone ever knew this about me or knew that I did that…”
But, despite how many times we may label ourselves as “too far gone,” the reality is that we are and will always be within fingertips-reach of love. Now, whenever I hear the lyric, “love’s never met a lost cause,” I understand its meaning. It means love will never regard you as untouchable. It sees you. It knows you. It is constantly going to bat for you. And the sweetest part about it is that it gives us the courage to hope, to succeed, and to change for the better.