Weightless or grounded?

Weightless by Natasha Bedingfield

An uplifting song on Spotify: Weightless by Natasha Bedingfield

The sky is the limit
And I just wanna float
Free as a spirit on a journey of hope
Cut the strings and let me go
I’m weightless, I’m weightless
Millions of balloons tethered to the ground
Weight of the world tries to hold us down
Cut the strings and let me go
I’m weightless, I’m weightless,
I’m weightless, I’m weightless…

I love the positivity in this song, and the undertones of not worrying. However, the method of floating around—I’m not so sure about. Instead of being weightless, I’d rather be grounded. Established. Sure. Connected to others. Have a firm footing.

I’ve had past thoughts on being grounded. It’s an essential way of life for me. Looking through my Evernote archive, I tried to find some of my past writing on being grounded. I found this draft entry from January 28, 2009:

  • When I’m online, I have a hard time sharing my faith, because I don’t want to come being higher or something. When in all reality, I think my faith makes me even more lower—as in more grounded… oh i guess that’s a whole another post I should make. About elevation and humanity. Anyways.

And some other notes about grounded:

  • My wife, three months before we got married said this: “I love having a picture of you and me on my desk at work too. Keeps me grounded in what’s most important.”
  • A comment from a blog post about about digital citizenship: “I would say that we need to be well grounded, rounded, mindful and contemplative to nurture spaces of care, cooperation, creativity”
  • Colossians 1:23 KVJ: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Grounded is good. It all depends on what you ground yourself in. If you ground yourself in things or narcissism, then you’ll find yourself getting beaten into the ground.

We shouldn’t be beaten into the ground and defeated. And we shouldn’t just float around untethered to anything.

  • Ephesians 4:14 ESV: so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
  • Jude 1:12 ESV: These men are the hidden reefs in your love feasts, shamelessly feasting with you but shepherding only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried along by the wind; fruitless trees in autumn, twice dead after being uprooted
  • James 1:6 ESV: But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

We need something in between. Not beaten into the ground. Nor floating around weightless. But grounded in something–someone–secure and loving.

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