Country Christian — No. 1

Start the trumpets!!! Let the fanfare begin!!! Add some guitar strings!!!

It’s time to present my No. 1 all time country song with a Christian message. And the honor goes to Carrie Underwood and her Jesus Take the Wheel.

This was Underwood’s first single hit off her Some Hearts album (2005) after winning American Idol earlier that year. The cross over ballad hit the top of the charts in both the country and Christian genres. And it was an immediate hit in the Siccardi household. Karen even used it as her cell phone ring tone.

The song resonates with me because it symbolizes a never-ending struggle with giving up control. “Jesus, take the wheel … Take it from my hands … Cause I can’t do this on my own.”

There is just so much truth in those words penned by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson. We all push Jesus and God to the passenger seat as we cruise through life. We want to be in control — until we hit that patch of black ice that causes us to spin out of control. Jesus! Take the wheel!

“I’m letting go … So give me one more chance … To save me from this road I’m on … Jesus, take the wheel.”

Whenever I hear the song, I stop and assess my relationship with the Lord. Who’s in control? Me? Or Jesus?

That’s why this is my No. 1 pick.

So, there you have it. Recapping my top 10 are No. 2, Miranda Lambert, Heart Like Mine (Sept. 14); No. 3, Rodney Atkins, If You’re Going Through Hell (Sept. 11); No. 4, the actual impetus for the series, Beer with Jesus by Thomas Rhett, (Oct. 13); No. 5, Three Wooden Crosses by Randy Travis (Sept. 5); No. 6, Watching You also by Rodney Atkins (Sept. 1); No. 7, The Little Girl by John Michael Montgomery (Aug. 29); No. 8, When I Get Where I’m Going by Brad Paisley (Aug. 25); No. 9, Red Dirt Road by Brooks and Dunn before they split up (Aug. 21); and No. 10, Alabama’s Angels Among Us (Aug. 17).

Just to remind you what this series was all about, I enjoy country music. I know it can be raunchy and risque at times, twangy and bring out the best (or worst) of our redneck feelings {aw, come on, we all have them}. But, no matter what, it is always real — addressing real-life issues, warts and all. The country genre lyrics are honest, honest to goodness honest.

But at its root, the country music genre is a compilation of life in America — not the America of cities, but the rural America. It may have been born in the south, but its sound resonates in every state … even upstate New York. Despite its sometimes shortcomings, it buzzes with traditional American values — God, family and country. It’s not unusual to hear a country song with lyrics like “… five-card poker on a Saturday night, church on Sunday morning …” (Boondocks by Little Big Town).

Country music tells a story in less than five minutes, especially contemporary ballads. It’s the lyricist’s story … it’s the singer’s story … It’s your story … It’s my story.

That’s my Top 10. What about you? What would your list include?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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