What’s Good?

Every single morning I wake up with a song in my head. It’s like the Lord is my personal DJ, and he’s always in the studio –mixing and scratching on the Ones and Twos. For those who are unfamiliar with DJ lingo, Ones and Twos are turntables.


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This morning I heard “Wake Up Everybody” by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and that brought back some powerful images and great memories of waking up every morning as a kid in Louisiana.  I don’t know who the DJ was back then on KJCB Radio, but he started his morning show with this song, and he always played the long version.  As my mom and aunts got ready for work, I could hear Teddy P. screaming Wake up! in the background as I attempted to get five more minutes of sleep. That dude was relentless!  If no one else could get me out of bed, he had the power to do it — just like Barry White had the power to put me to sleep (but I’ll save that story for another post).

The message in “Wake Up Everybody” fell on young, deaf ears back then, but I can hear his message loud and clear now.This song was released in 1975, but the message is still relevant. It’s a call to action.Even then, this songwriter knew that we needed to make some changes in this world, and highlighted the importance of working together.

The world won’t get no better if we just let it be. We gotta change it, y’all –just you and me. ~Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Teddy called out a lot of people who needed to make some changes: teachers, doctors, builders, dope users, dope pushers, preachers, businessmen, and politicians. Listen to this song, and you’ll realize that many of the people and practices he mentioned are still in need of an overhaul. His message really resonated with me when I taught so-called at-risk students. When they didn’t care about Shakespeare, I showed them how Willie was a lot like Tupac and Redd Foxx or Queen Latifah and Sheila E. or Prince and Madonna.

What’s Good about all this? Today is the day the Lord has made, so we should automatically rejoice and be glad about that(Psalm 118:24). Today is a good day to make some changes in our lives — big changes and little ones too. After all, when we know better, we’ll do better. Today is also Good Friday, and as we reflect on the ultimate sacrifice our Savior made for our sins, shouldn’t we make a conscious effort to do better for his sake? Let’s choose this day to dwell on good things and to share our praise reports rather than our tales of woe and make a habit of doing so. If someone asks How are you? What’s happening? or What’s good? Give them an earful of all the wonderful things that God has done, for he is surely worthy of all the praise. It’s time to wake up!