Music can be similar to relationships. The more open minded you are, the likelihood of you accepting and embracing someone or something increases. Unfortunately, stereotypes about an artist, genre or musician cause individuals to give up on a certain sound after a few seconds of listening. Subsequently, the careers of millions fail, far short of where they hoped, rejected before having a real shot to succeed.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh, Ezekiel 36:26.
Such is the case of Linda Elias, wife of Rick whose own career far surpassed hers. Rick spent a decade as a member of Rich Mullins Ragamuffin band and his music was featured in the 1996 Tom Hanks movie, That Thing You Do. As for Linda, following in the Belinda Carlisle genre, I thought her 1991 album The Meaning of Life would jump start her career. However, in Christian music industry, unless you’re Amy Grant, you’re not going to get the attention you deserve. As a result, you can’t find any of Linda’s songs on Pandora or You Tube.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded, James 4:8.
Nonetheless, during my recent fast I have started listening to one hour of inspirational music a day. While soaking in the lyrics to Make My Heart Like Yours, I was moved, touched by God. This song is more like a prayer, wishing that one day our hearts will become more like Christ. In this song, Linda confesses her failures and shortcomings. Leaning on God’s grace, she yearns to be transformed. As I am daily reminded of my own sins, I am eager, waiting for God to make my heart like his son’s, Jesus.
by Jay Mankus
Linda’s album the Meaning of Life is available at Amazon.com for those willing to give a promising artist a chance.