Carrie Underwood’s ‘Temporary Home’ may be slightly sadder on the surface compared to most of my picks for Song of the Week, but I think this song carries such simple and powerful messages about life. Even if we strip away some of the Christian layers wrapped around the song, I think the idea of temporality that fuels this song can both comfort and motivate us throughout our lives.
We are only given one life and it doesn’t last forever. We may be put in a place where we don’t flourish the way we want to, but it is our right to stand up for ourselves and to search for what we want in life until we find it. Not every chapter is going to be story-book perfect or a page-turner, but those bad or anxious or scary situations will not last forever. We have the strength and determination to climb out of darker places. As often as we can, we must make the most of life, we should let go of fear and expectation and live life to its potential, soaking in all the opportunities and possibilities. Lastly, we should appreciate everything and everyone we have in our lives and cherish them in any way that we can, because we never know how long we will be able to revel in their company or tell them how much we owe them. Everyone is only given one life and it doesn’t last forever. It may be sad, but that doesn’t mean we give up; we just love, live and laugh even harder.