Straight from the Bizarre Mind of David Hicks...
Poems

About the Poems

First things first.  Robert Frost and/or Emily Dickinson I am not.  I have written a total of TWO poems.  But who knows? Maybe with this website I will be inspired to write more.  
 
Regardless, "What a Great Life" was written in Janunary of 2004 judging by the date on the file in which I wrote it.  It was born in response to one of my greatest struggles - worldliness.  It is so easy to set our minds on things below instead of things above.  It is so easy to rest without every actually living first.  This poem is a motivator to resist worldliness and laziness, to set our minds on things above, to get out there and live the life of beauty, love and service that God has called us to live.
 
"What You Mean To Me" was, if like before I can trust the file date, written in March of 2006.  In my opinion it is the best thing I've ever written and probably ever will write.  I wrote it ironically enough during one of those moments where I was really tired and just wanted to "veg" as they say.  Instead I chose to set my mind on things above and voila!  Out came this poem.  It was born out of an entire life of struggle in following the God who loves me.

What You Mean To Me

What A Great Life

   
I want to try and tell You, God, what it is You mean to me.
I’m just a man, one in billions, just a grain of sand by the sea. 
 
But because You’ve touched so much of my life, You’ve been in every part,
I want to try and put in words, the things I feel in my heart. 
 
You loved me before I was ever born, before I could even breathe.
You arranged a home where I could live, loved by a family.
 
Through them You taught me to put You first in all I ever do.
The church taught me to love Your Word, to seek to know You through and through.
 
I’ve been given everything a man could need, to know the way of life –
the Bible, Christian parents and teachers, a loving Christian wife. 
 
Why have You loved me so?  To You what could I possibly be? 
At times I’ve lived like I was a beast, sin was master to me. 
 
Yet You saved me, You loved me, You plucked me out of the mire.
You’ve molded me and shaped me, and refined me through life’s fire. 
 
In the fire, that’s where I was, but You still held on to me.
You could have easily just let me fall, and let the flames devour me. 
 
You loved me first.  There is no doubt.  No words were ever more  true.
And that’s the reason that now I say, my Lord, my God,  I love You.
 
I’ve never even seen You, never even shook Your hand,
But it’s You I love and long to see, it’s by You I want to stand.
 
I want to thank You from my heart, to say it to Your face,
I want to hug You and feel Your love, a father’s tender embrace.
 
You’re the reason I’m sane, the reason I’ve survived, the reason I’m here today.
You’re the reason I can look in the mirror and know by You I’ve been saved.
 
You’re my all in all, You’re my everything, all that I long to be.
What other dream could I have than You, to see You eternally. 
 
Please save me now, wash away my sins, cover me by Your grace.
Please lead me home, save my soul, in Your kingdom give me a place. 
    
   
Another morning stuck in bed,
Visions of sleep dancing in my head.
So comfortable to just lie there
Letting life pass by, refusing to care.
 
What am I thinking?
Get up with a leap!
Put the pep in my step!
Let my feet move to the beat
Of the drums of war,
A battle to be fought,
A game to be played,
Souls won or lost.
 
What a great life I’ve been given to live!
My flesh to deny,
For my Lord on High,
Who died for me. 
What greater motive do I need,
To live?
 
Another hour wasted in vain pursuits
In pleasing my pride it’s time I lose.
Surpressing my mind, drowning my thoughts,
I’m serving entertainment ‘cause my heart I’ve lost.
 
What am I thinking?
Get up with a leap!
Put the pep in my step!
Let my feet move to the beat
Of the drums of war,
A battle to be fought,
A game to be played,
Souls won or lost.
 
What a great life I’ve been given to live!
Eternal paradise draws near,
With my Lord so dear,
Who died for me.
What greater motive do I need,
To live?
    
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