The catchy tune to one of my girl Whitney Houston’s song has been setting up shop in my mind this morning. I’m an early riser, so waking up to the lyrics “It’s not right, but it’s okay. I’m gonna make it anyway” at 4am in the morning signals to me more than just a song.
Ms. Houston sang (and strutted in her video) about an unfaithful lover that supposedly went out to eat with his boys on Friday night, came home around three with a receipt for two. (I just love it!) Her declaration to him, “It’s not right, but it’s okay. I’m gonna make it anyway.” Now, some other sneaky scenarios and wise words by Whitney followed, but this isn’t a “he or she did me wrong” post so I’ll proceed. This post is about any area of life, where we know it’s not right and what we have the power to do about it.
Sometimes life, or the people, situations and circumstances that come along with it just “ain’t” right. In fact, sometimes it can feel downright unfair. But I’ve learned that whether something is fair or not has never stopped forward motion, if we simply keep moving. Here’s my question, how many times have you dared to make a declaration to those things that troubled you, stood firmly by it, pressed through it and knew without a shadow of a doubt that you’d be okay? Whether with troubling money matters, dealing with parents or children with dire needs, with stress at school, coping with loss, desiring more money, recognition or stability from work, getting over past mistakes, handling health problems, battling spiritual challenges, dealing with family or relational struggles or anything else in between we’ve got to start taking a page out of this song book and know that “It’s not right, but it’s okay.” And we will be too. (Now let that little tune linger in your head as you move ahead.)