My favorite song of theirs, and maybe my favorite song of all time, is “Don’t Stop Believin’.” I mean really, just hold on to that feeln’? How can you not love this?
The actual lyrics are totally wacky and I’m not really sure why he keeps singing about streetlights, but I have found my own meaning and I’m just sure that’s what Steve Perry meant.
To me, this song is a picture of life and faith, and what it takes to keep your head up, your eyes forward, and your feet moving. When your life is crumbling beneath you, don’t stop believin’. When your heart is broken, don’t stop believin’. When you find yourself lost and alone, don’t stop believin’. When something knocks the wind out of you, don’t stop believin’. When someone you trust betrays you, don’t stop believin’. And when it seems all hope is gone, don’t stop believin’.
This is how we get through storms! Just keep going! This life is full of change and growth and forward moves and setbacks. If we stop living every time we have to deal with something awful, none of us would make it through childhood.
The Bible says in Proverbs 13:12 that hope deferred makes the heart sick. When you’ve lost all your hope, you’re really in trouble. This is where I believe people can slip into deep depressions or develop debilitating illness, or can begin to slowly just check out of life and stop moving forward towards the goal of becoming the person God designed them to be.
I wish I knew why awful things happened in life. It’s one of the many questions I plan on asking when I get to Heaven. But I know from experience, that if I keep moving forward, if I don’t stop believin’, I will be all right.
God hasn’t failed me thus far and I know He never will. As for me and my house, we won’t stop believin’.