on repeat: “go hard” by Lecrae

Just a quick post this morning. Loading a bunch of cds into my iTunes, I came across “Go Hard” by Lecrae and Tedashii and found the lyrics so convicting and the beat so infectious that I had to share.

I don’t know much about Lecrae, but from what I’ve heard of his music and his person, I really respect. His music is obviously a very far cry from containing the common themes of “look how great I am,” “I know you’re jealous,” moneymoneymoney, and degrading women. It’s Scripture-filled, honest, raw and real, and danceable.

Here are some of the sections that I think, just lyrically, make this a song worth listening to.

If you didn’t know Christ, would ya life look the same

Can they tell you value Jesus by the way you rep his name?

Man what’s the point of living if I’m living for myself

Lord, empty out my life before I put you on the shelf 


Went to Asia had to duck and hide-for sharin’ my faith
They tell me water it down when I get back to the States
They say tone the music down you might sell a lot a records
But it’s people out here dying and none of em heard the message
Took my wifey on a mission trip, hit Central America
Shared her testimony, 40 people stood and stared at her
When she said Jesus, shoulda seen it was insane, cause 40 out of 40 never heard of Jesus’ name
Aw man we ain’t focused on the war we just kickin it
Worried bout our image and our space up on the internet

That last line cuts deep. I love how he tells those two tiny stories about Christianity in other countries…and then contrasts it and makes it personal with “we ain’t focused on the war, we just kickin’ it/worried ’bout our image and our space up on the internet.” So, so true. I love that reminder, but I also hate that I’m guilty as charged. Convicting.

Take me out the game coach
I don’t wanna play no mo
If I can’t give it all I got and leave it out there on the court
Thank you for the grace, for the will and the desire
Got me living for your glory ‘stead of living to retire

“Got me living for your glory ‘stead of living to retire…” I love that. Such a clean reminder to check your perspective (especially if you replace “retire” with whatever your thing is: graduation, whatever). It reminds me to ask the kinds of questions that I ask myself whenever I have my head on straight (which isn’t nearly enough), like: if I were to die tomorrow, what would really matter, and what wouldn’t? What if I never reached those goals I’m working so hard for? How can I live meaningfully right now, seeing the daily grind as full of so many opportunities instead of just a means to an end?

Now here’s where I’d sign off and say something like, “go hard or go home, xo, Jessica,” but I have a feeling that is just not something I can get away with, being a little white girl without a shred of hip-hop cred. 😛 But I will be dancing.




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