Friday, March 03, 2006


Wow. I just finished watching one of the most visually powerful videos I have seen in quite some time. It is Johnny Cash's rendition of "Hurt", the old Nine Inch Nails song. Click on the link to take a moment and watch it.

The song, albeit written by someone else, still expresses the deep sense of regret that Cash has for the lifetime of bad decisions he has made. In a voice sapped of its volume, he speaks more clearly than I've ever heard him about his faith, his life and the regrets he has at the end of his life. I was in tears as I watched this moving performance.

What spoke to me most was his sense of regret. For all the hurt he had caused others. I share that too, and hopefully I am not near the end of my days. There are a lot of things I regret - things I've said, not said, done and not done.

What really spoke to me was our ability to change that life of regret before we get old and broken down. If we turn from our own path and follow what God has for us, we can begin to live a life we will not regret. It will still have hurts, but we have One who can heal the hurts walking with us.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The song really is a good expression of the dispair that seems prevalent today. When he talks about hurting himself to make sure he can still feel, it is what our youth struggle with today. I have a hard time understanding why anyone would hurt themselves physically to drown out emotional pain. There is a lot of hurt out there and it even comes from those that you think have it all. We just need to get the message out that you don't have it all unless you have Jesus. That's the all that so many are trying to find.