Singer, recording artist and entertainer Michael Jackson won over 700 music awards in his career. Many of his most popular songs we remember growing up- “Billy Jean” , “Beat It”, “Bad” and “Thriller” just to name a few. But one song that many people forget about, turned out to be the number one song that people downloaded on I-tunes when Jackson passed away in 2009……..the name of the song is “Man in the Mirror”.
Here is a sample of the words used in the song:
I’m Gonna Make A Change. For Once In My Life, It’s Gonna Feel Real Good, Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .
As I turn Up The Collar On My Favourite Winter Coat, This Wind Is Blowin’ My Mind. I See The Kids In The Street,
With Not Enough To Eat, Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See Their Needs, A Summer’s Disregard, A Broken Bottle Top, And A One Man’s Soul, They Follow Each Other On, The Wind Ya’ Know ‘Cause They Got NowhereTo Go That’s Why I Want You To Know
I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror. I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways. And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer. If You Wanna Make The World A Better PlaceTake A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change
Of all the many entertaining songs and catchy videos produced by Jackson, why was the simple tune of “Man in the Mirror” considered one of the best? As Jackson emerged as a star it was easy to get caught up in his entertaining flare and catchy music, but when it got down to it, many believed it was the lyrics of “Man in the Mirror” that shot the song to the top of the Billboard charts many years ago……..but why? I think the answer to that question lies in a desire deep in the heart of an individual.
Deep down within each of us is a desire to be made right. A desire to be made whole…….a desire to be made different. To be a better parent, to be a more complete husband, to be a better boss, to be a real friend…….even to be a better Christian (whatever that means).We are constantly looking to be changed or different than we are today. I believe that’s one of the main reasons why Jesus asked those who sought after him “what are you looking for” and “what do you want me to do for you”. We will always be uneasy and incomplete until that change is one-day made perminent.
Jesus’ questions are an invitation to us to find the change in and thru Him………………and while the world tells us that change can be found thru our own efforts found in countless self-help books, ideologies, processes and worldviews………there is only one Person who can provide true, lasting change ………….. the only kind of change that’s worth singing about.