Part of KAIROS involved music. Songs were played that had meaning for speakers and most of them were very touching in one way or another. They weren't necessarily religious songs. They were rock songs, songs from musicals, just songs with meanings. I left KAIROS with an awesome mix tape. Wish I still had it. The speaker would play the song and also give you a sheet of inspiring quotes to read. I still have all mine in my KAIROS folder.
So I left KAIROS feeling very inspired and closer to God and family and friends than I ever had. Maybe this is what EFY feels like? Anyway, in Young Women, we used to have a devotional every Sunday. One YW would give a quote or tell a story in front of the group that was inspiring in some way. So the first time I have devotional after KAIROS, I decide to make a quote sheet and share a song that had some meaning for me. So I played "I Won't Back Down." by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I'm sure that makes some of you and probably made my YW leaders at the time squirm in your/their seats. Rock songs are hardly appropriate for Sunday YW opening exercises, saith the letter of the law. They endured and let me play it.
This song had a meaning that I wanted to share with the girls and I couldn't find a better way than through it. I wanted them to know that we have to stand our ground in this world. We have to live our standards and not back down. I wanted them to know that they could go to the gates of hell and I would still be there loving them. I was only 18 but I really thought I was inspired to share the song. But you know, I'm a spirit of the law kind of person.
Every time I hear this song I'm reminded to stand my ground. Even when the world is pushing me around and telling me that what I'm doing isn't important or that my standards need to be relaxed or that it's ok to break commandments. I'm going to stand my ground. And I won't back down.