Empire of Dirt
Johnny Cash’s cover of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt” was in my head all week. It’s a powerful, thought-provoking song that has searing words. It’s sad and uplifting at the same time.
He, most notably, covered this song seven months before his death in 2003. Check it out below.
While the NIN song does have a couple choice words, Cash (IMO) covered it only as Cash could cover it. Personally, I love it.
More than anything a single phrase sticks with me in that song: “empire of dirt”.
Truth is: we go throughout our lives collecting stuff – awards, wins, creations, accolades. We achieve. We score. We create. We succeed.
All for what?
Paul writes in Romans that, ““None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
In short, all mankind is under the guilt and weight of sin.
But… that is not the end.
I want my life-intentions to serve God, first and foremost. But no doubt there will be times when I put ‘me first’: I want to close the sale for my glory. I want to serve that couple in need at church for my glory. I want to donate money to your mission trip for my glory.
In those moments, I need grace.
And in those moments, I want to be able to tell God “Here, have this empire of dirt that I’ve collected. It’s nothing compared to your glory.”