Land of the Free

19 09 2007

As you read the words of Andrew Peterson’s song “The Land of the Free”, consider how much time you spend worried about all of the pressure and stress of your earthly home. When you realize that God calls us to be ambassadors and not inhabitants (2 Cor 5:20, 1 Pet 2:11-12), when your focus shifts from the temporal to the eternal, we then are capable of fulfulling God’s plan for our lives — a life of true joy and sharing God’s love with those that He has placed before us (1 John 3:11, 18).

The Land of the Free

Little Elba how’s the sun in South America?
does it shine upon the faces of the poor?
do they see in it the brilliance of the place that’s been prepared
and dwell upon the hope of what’s in store?
or are they just like me?
do they only see an opportunity to complain about the heat?

Little Elba, how’s the rain in South America?
does it fall upon the rooftops of the sick?
do they thank the Lord for coming up with such a great idea
and dream about a place beyond all this?
or are they just like us?
do they gripe and fuss
about the rain and mud when they’ve had too much?

(Chorus):
‘cause I’m just a little jealous of the nothing that you have

unfettered by the wealth of a world that we pretend is gonna last
they say God blessed us with plenty,
I say you’re blessed with poverty
‘cause you never stop to wonder whether earth is just a little better than
the Land of the Free

well, I’m weary of the spoils of my ambition
and I’m shackled by the comfort of my couch
I wish I had the courage to deny these of myself
and start to store my treasure in the clouds
‘cause this is not my home,
I do not belong
where the antelope and the buffalo roam

(Chorus):
and I’m just a little jealous of the freedom that you have
unfettered by the wealth of a world that we pretend is gonna last
they say God blessed us with plenty,
I say you’re blessed with poverty
‘cause you never stop to wonder whether earth is just a little better than
the Land of the Free

so I hope you’re safe and dry in South America
‘cause I’m feeling pretty good in Tennessee
may you never be so happy you forget about your home…
your home in the Land of the Free

Words and music by Andrew Peterson

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