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Another Day in Paradise: An Abundance discussion

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  • Author: Tim Wrenn is a student at Luther Seminary and a staff member for the Center for Stewardship Leaders.
  • Updated: 07/16/2008

From Phil Collins' song, "Another Day in Paradise," comes a story about how watching one music video helped Tim, a college student, learn about what it means to live in abundance.

Another Day in Paradise: An Abundance Discussion

Once at a presentation by the charity group "The Taste of the NFL," a motivational clip was shown from the Phil Collins song "Another Day in Paradise."  

"Taste of the NFL" is a program that runs concurrent with the Super Bowl.  It works with local chefs and NFL superstars to create dishes to be served at a charity event. The proceeds then go to help the area food shelves.  

I found the clip to be very moving as it helped me realize all the different ways my life is abundantly blessed - so many ways that I most often miss. The music video is seen here:

Another Day in Paradise

Phil Collins-- Another Day in Paradise

She calls out to the man on the street,
Sir, can you help me?
Its cold and Ive nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?

He walks on, doesn't look back;
He pretends he cant hear her,
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street,
Seems embarrassed to be there.

Oh think twice, its another day for
You and me in paradise.
Oh think twice, its just another day for you,
You and me in paradise.

She calls out to the man on the street,
He can see shes been crying.
Shes got blisters on the soles of her feet,
Cant walk but shes trying.

Oh think twice...

Oh lord, is there nothing more anybody can do?
Oh lord, there must be something you can say?

You can tell from the lines on her face,
You can see that shes been there,
Probably been moved on from every place
cos she didnt fit in there.

Oh think twice...

I think this would be a great discussion video to use to talk about the different aspects of our lives that we sometimes overlook. All too often we really do live in a paradise that seems to disguise itself.

Some discussion questions:

1: How did the video make you feel?
2: What is "paradise" to you? What does Collins seem to think is "paradise?"
3: What are some ways that blind us from seeing we are in a "paradise?"
4: Are there ways to help others have the chance to be in "paradise?"
5: What Now? Where do we go from here?

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