Icon for Hire smacked me in the face…in a good way!

The other day I was driving in my car listening to Icon for Hire’s song Iodine and some of the lyrics hit me pretty hard, straight in the face. I first found out about Icon for Hire through a music festival that I went to last year. There were definitely a whole lot of headbanging kids and I was excited for them that they found some music that they liked, but at the same time I stayed back on the periphery because, quite frankly, that has never been quite my music scene. The music was pretty hard, the fans were pretty crazy, but the music kept me there. I immediately bought their cd that wasn’t even released yet and awaited it in my mailbox. This band is developing a strong following because their music is really good, but as you might see soon, their lyrics are even better.

I love singing songs while driving and sometimes I find myself actually paying attention to the lyrics. Sometimes I wonder what the band was thinking when they wrote the song and other times I want to force people to sit down and truly listen to the songs words. Not in a “these songs are evil” kind of way, more in a “this song is deeper then you think” kind of way. Iodine is just that kind of song for me. I have been listening to it for probably for six months now and I finally, truly heard the song for the first time last week and I am so thankful to God that I did, because it is a truth that I need to be reminded of. Here are some of the lyrics and at the end of the post I have included one of those super-fancy (insert sarcasm here) youtube lyric videos.

Icon for Hire’s Iodine from the Album Scripted

“Crazy” is, I believe, the medical term
When we wanna recover, but we don’t wanna learn
Keep breaking what’s been fixed a thousand times
And gimme some more of that iodine

This to me, sums up my actions repeatedly throughout my life and I am sure a few of you would agree the same could be said about your life. Think about it for a moment, how many times do you make a mistake and then realize that you made it and promise to not make it again. Oh I’m the only one…….nevermind then, I guess it’s just me.

I say I wanna be happy, but I quickly forget
Will I sabotage all the good I’ve got left?
Depression’s like a big fur coat,
It’s made of dead things but it keeps me warm

Ok, this just made me chuckle. Mostly because after I heard the dead things line I immediately thought about a fur coat made of live animals. That would be awkward. Good insight could be had from these lines, but I can’t get the live fur coat out of my head (and now enters a scene from Ace Ventura 2 with fur coats into my mind).

I don’t like pain, but I bring it to life
I don’t like scars but I am good with a knife
I don’t like tears when I’m starting to cry
And then I realize I’m destroying my life

I do this to myself
I do this to myself
Stop blaming someone else
We do this to ourselves

There are many things we do to ourselves. Sometimes we let other people do things to us, but mostly we do things to ourselves. I’m not sure why we hurt ourselves, but we do. I relate this to my struggle with eating. I was over 400 lbs at one point and got there purely because I ate a ton of food and none of it was good for me. After having health issues that were further complicated by my weight I turned to God to help me conquer my food addiction. It worked! I lost over 170 lbs and was doing things I had never dreamed of doing like running a half-marathon and finishing a marathon. Then I came right back with my own selfish ways and gained 70 lbs of it back. Now, God and I are fighting again to take it off. If I had written this song it may have looked more like this:

I don’t like pain, but I bring it to life
I don’t like fat, but I’m good with a fork and knife
I don’t like knee problems when I’m starting to limp
And then I realize I’m destroying my life

I do this to myself
I do this to myself
Stop blaming someone else
We do this to ourselves

This is a battle we cannot conquer on our own because we are fighting ourselves. We need to have faith that with God we can conquer anything with Him. When we are fighting something within us let’s have the faith in God that David had as he walked up to a giant and said:

“You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (I Samuel 17: 45-47)

Oh and by the way, if you are in the Toledo area reading this and you like this music Icon for Hire is coming to Frankie’s in downtown Toledo March 13th. It definitely should be an awesome show.

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