There was a song from the late 70’s or early 80’s that I used to love. Its called Never Been To Me. I woke up singing the chorus to that song, it says, “I’ve been to paradise, but I’ve never been to me.” Anyone remember that song?
Just reading the lyrics made me sad. I know that whoever wrote those lyrics, must’ve felt them, because being a songwriter myself, I know that lyrics come from your heart and soul. The song talks about trading a lifetime of happiness for temporary pleasures. “I’ve been to paradise, but I’ve never been to me.” The truth is, this person has it backwards. “Me” always wants instant gratification and selfish desires.
I remember the first time I really ‘went to me’. I didn’t like what I found. It was then that I realized how selfish I was. It was when I went to “me” that I realized I was trading in my joy for temporary pleasures. It was then that I realized “me” needed He! Without Jesus, I’m awful!
Still, there are lots of times that I visit “me”, and every time I regret it. Because, I don’t like what I see in the “me” without He!
Galatians 2:19-21 in The Message says, What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
I’ve been to “me”, and I don’t like it! I can’t do life on my own. I need Jesus! The only thing good about me, is Christ in me. I don’t like what I see in the “me” without He.