What Would Billy Joel Say About You?


These lyrics from the song ?Pressure? by Billy Joel have always provoked me:

Now here you are with your faith
And your Peter Pan advice
You have no scars on your face
And you cannot handle pressure

He seems to be dismissing someone who claims to have faith and doles out simplistic ?Peter Pan advice? yet has no deep experience of suffering – scars on their face – and can?t handle stress.

What does the way you handle pressure say about your faith?

If Billy Joel knew you, what would he say to others about the way you handle heavy situations? Would he say you seem to rely on God and that despite your pain you are at peace? ?Would he say that you have scars on your face from many afflictions yet you seem to have a deep joy?

When we?ve gone through fire and flood and experienced the comfort and strength of Jesus, we can comfort others with the comfort we?ve received. ?We can give them much more than Peter Pan advice. ?We can share our faith.

At a recent funeral of a young man I was able to share with the family how my own brother had committed suicide years ago, so in some faint way I could relate to the pain they were going through. ?I shared what an elderly woman had told me to do, ?Lean on Jesus, just lean on Jesus.? Though words can?t begin to touch the family?s pain, one of them told me that it was meaningful that I had been through something like they were.

Take your pressure to Jesus. ?Cast your cares on him, for he cares for you. ?He might not remove it right away for he might be shaping you to be a witness to his sustaining power. ?You will get some scars on your face along the way. ?But those scars will say a lot, if in the Lord?s strength you can handle pressure.


  • Caroline says:

    After reading this post I feel like I failed in the battle against temptation today. Had a tough situation at work and instead of completely relying on Christ and asking for His wisdom, I gave in to my fleshly desires(of anger) and ranted out in front of my unbelieving friends what was in my heart. Its a new job and I wanted to be a good testimony to them. Just a humble reminder that on my own I can do nothing.

    Thank you for the vconvicting post.

  • Mark Altrogge says:

    Hey Caroline , thank you for your humility to share this. I have done far worse things. Praise God for there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! I’m sure you know this. And I’m sure the Lord will give you many more opportunities to glorify him on your job.

  • Vince says:

    You really know how to turn the searchlight on Mark!

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Thanks Vince- I'm primarily thinking of myself…

  • Vickie says:

    Thank you Mark for sharing. It sounds so simle; "just lean on Jesus"; but yet daily I try to make it on my own and wonder why I have so much anxiety.
    Prasie Jesus; praise his holy and awesome name.
    Thanks again.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Hi Vickie,

    Thanks for your humble comments. I'm so glad Jesus is so patient and long-suffering with us. It's so good to know he will be totally successful in changing us. Keep leaning on him!

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