Johnny Cash – Hurt

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Was introduced to this video compilation yesterday and didn’t know it would be as powerful to me today as when I heard about it yesterday.
I remember seeing Johnny’s biography in our house growin up – never read it. Still haven’t (must remedy soon). But, ever since I watched Walk the Line, I’ve become curious about all things Johnny. Why? There is a marked detail of grace on that man’s life. Mercy has been poured rich on him.
In this video, a song by Nine Inch Nails, he talks about pain, fleeting rewards of this life, and how it all goes to nothing – dust.
I love the book of Ecclesiastes. Today is a good to be reminded. Pain, hurt, the gospel, letting people down; making mistakes, the joy of life – all of it. All of it fleeting compared to the grace of the gospel. how my perspectives get so out of whack sometime. May I always be reminded that nothing else matters in life. How did Johnny’s life look different? How will mine look different if I lived by that truth?
Ecclesiastes 1.13-18 (Some say this book in the Bible is depressing, I call it reality and gripping.)
And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. What is crooked cannot be made straight,
and what is lacking cannot be counted. I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind. For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.