Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Not Enough Jesus

Can't keep it in a box cause it just don't fit
My God, he's bigger than just music
I can take it to the church where my people go

I can take it to the people that just don't know
I can take it to the people that feel real low
To the poor, to the rich, to the CEO
                                            "Something Bigger" ~Mary Mary

I heard someone say the gospel duo Mary Mary's WeTV show is the realest reality show they have ever seen but it does not embody the same inspiration found in their music. They said the show only revealed the dark reality of their lives.
Why do the two have to be mutually exclusive? They are not.

I must admit, I also said it wasn't enough Jesus in the show. I wanted to see more praying, quoting scripture, divinely inspired writing studio sessions and witnessing to others in the music industry. I wanted all their employees and support personnel to be Christians.

This is not what I got. I got real working women in the competitive and cutthroat music industry making business moves. Their music is their ministry but it is also their bread, butter, and jelly. Their professional careers and reputations are on the line.

While they are not quoting scripture and having prayer meetings on camera both Marys shared their experiences with infidelity. Big Sister Mary, Erica Campbell and her husband Warryn have moved passed their issues but Tina and Teddy Campbell (these sisters are so in sync they both married men that aren't related but have the same last name) wounds are still fresh. Tina and Teddy decided to stay together and work it out no matter how hard it hurt and no matter what the world thought.
But when my back is against the wall
And I feel all hope is gone,
I'll just lift my head up to the sky
And say help me to be strong
I just can't give up now
I've come too far from where I started from
Nobody told me the road would be easy
And I don't believe he brought me this far to leave me
                                                  "Can't Give Up Now" ~Mary Mary
I love that Tina is allowing God to use her, her marriage, and her heartache to help not only women in similar situations but anyone who has experienced disappointment, frustration, and chaos in their lives. Anyone who has ever seen the show can tell you Tina is clearly not a weak nor stupid woman but she loves God, loves her husband, and loves her family too much to give up. She is doing her best to lean on God and his promises.

Tina is walking out the inspirational words found in their songs. As I've written before, Mary Mary so beautifully uses deep spiritual truths in the simplest of ways in their songs. I used to listen to their song, "Get Up" every morning on my way to work when I was in the thick of depression. Jesus, real life and inspiration is in every breath and beat of that show.

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