windowdownIt was one of the first days of the year that I could drive with my windows down.  What a glorious day.  One of the joys of this kind of day is being able to blare your music for all the world to hear.  One of the troubles of this day is to listen to the music as everyone else also blares their music.  Today as I waited for a light I was treated to a song that stuck in my head.  For the rest of the day I have been unable to get it unstuck.

The song is not on any of my playlists, I have none of her albums in my more that 1,000+ CD’s.  It is stuck in my head none-the-less.  The song, as you may have guessed from the blog title, is Something to Talk About by Bonnie Raitt off her 1991 album Luck of the Draw. The premise of the song is that people are gossiping about two other people.  They are talking about a relationship that they believe exists between them based on what they are seeing.

People are talkin’, talkin’ ’bout people,
I hear them whisper, you won’t believe it.
They think we’re lovers kept under cover,
I just ignore it but they keep sayin’ we…
Laugh just a little too loud,
Stand just a little too close,
We stare just a little too long.

The chorus goes on to invite the second person in this story to consider an intimate relationship.

Let’s give ’em somethin’ to talk about
(Somethin’ to talk about)
Let’s give ’em somethin’ to talk about
(Somethin’ to talk about)
Let’s give ’em somethin’ to talk about
How about love?

This song got me pondering… Do people start rumors about me?  What are they saying about me.  When they see me living my relationship with Christ out loud in my life does it start them wondering?  Does it make them wonder what’s going on?  I hope so.  I think that is what Jesus meant when he told us to shine.

16  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

Sometimes I think our witness gives them plenty to talk about when our words don’t meet our actions.  That is not the witness we need them talking about.  As fallen people who make mistakes, we can live lives that seek and share forgiveness.  This will really give them something to talk about.

I think perhaps the chorus of this song should find its way into a hymn, a rally cry for the church to stand up and be noticed. Noticed for the joy of the Lord in the midst of our tears, for our peace from Christ in the middle of fears, and the compassion of our God in a world full of suffering.

….they keep sayin’ we…
Laugh just a little too loud,
Shine just a little too bright,
We serve just a little too much.

Let’s give ’em somethin’ to talk about
(Somethin’ to talk about)
Let’s give ’em somethin’ to talk about
(Somethin’ to talk about)
Let’s give ’em somethin’ to talk about
How about love?

Lets start some rumors… live a life that demands an explanation.

p.s. next time be careful what song you crank on your car radio… you never know who might be listening.