Amy Winehouse: When did she live?

A Pop Culture v. The Bible Post by LaShawnda Jones, July 23, 2011

The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit? ~ Proverbs 18:14
I cheated myself,
Like I knew I would.
I told you I was trouble;
You know that I’m no good.
Lyrics from You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse
Status updates and trending reports shared, “Amy Winehouse dead at 27!” I wasn’t surprised at the news. I wonder if anyone who really listened to her music and saw her struggle through the media  can possibly be surprised. I always scratch my head when people apply the words “tragedy” or sudden” or “died before their time” to the death of a self-destructive person. I think the true tragedy is that they never lived. Having truly experienced a life in Christ, they could not possibly choose to self-destruct. Evidence of life and death is in the fruit our lives bear. That’s spiritual fruit and has nothing to do with money and fame. Though Amy Winehouse had an amazing voice and skill and tapped into her talent, her music – her fruit – was about death. Her lyrics resonated with me when I was down and depressed, when I had to fight to find a ray of hope. As I listen to her songs now (to remind myself of what I enjoyed about her music when Back to Black was released), I am happy that her lyrics aren’t resonating with me now, that they aren’t finding a home within me. I am happy that I survived that dark space and sad that Amy couldn’t see her way through her own darkness.
Her death is not sudden, it’s not unexpected. We’ve been watching Amy die for years.
Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it. ~Proverbs 5:5-6

Rest in Peace…

Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
        Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the LORD. “And I will heal them.” But the wicked are like the tossing sea which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”  ~ Isaiah 57:2, 19-21 NIV
How can one possibly rest in death, if they didn’t find rest in life? The things we say to sooth ourselves do nothing for the lost. Tragically, the lost won’t be found until they want to be. Even more unfortunate are the lost who die while still buried in their own darkness.
Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, you climbed into it and opened it wide; you made a pact with those whose beds you love, and you looked with lust on their naked bodies…. You sent your ambassadors far away; you descended to the very realm of the dead! You wearied yourself by such going about, but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’
        “Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have not been true to me, and have neither remembered me nor taken this to heart?  ~ Isaiah 57:8-11 NIV
If you believe you are losing the battle for your mind, heart and soul, read up on your victory (Luke 10:19). I want to beseech and encourage you to seek and take refuge in God. If you have an ounce of faith, even less, if you have faith as tiny as a mustard seed, apply it to your life (Matthew 17:20)! With application, faith blossoms. Speak God’s Word into your life; remind yourself of His blessings and promises. You have help (Psalm 54:4). You simply have to ask for it. And once it’s offered, you have to be open to receiving the help provided.
But whoever takes refuge in me will inherit the land possess my holy mountain.”  ~ Isaiah 57:13 NIV

I love you much / It’s not enough / You love blow and I love puff / And life is like a pipe / And I’m a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside / We only said goodbye with words / I died a hundred times / You go back to her / And I go back to / Black, black, black, black, black, black… (Lyrics from Back to Black by Amy Winehouse)

How you handle this life is a reflection of how you will handle the eternal life to come. If you are beaten, tormented, frightened, and lost, then your hope is not in Christ. You are not accepting the gift of salvation that God provided for you. You are allowing the enemy a victory he has no right to. There is no addiction that your will cannot overcome. It may take time, it may take a few or many setbacks, you may have to do it without family and friends who have long since given up on you, but you can overcome anything through Christ. You can kick your addiction. You can get up from the bed lust has tied you to. You can push away depression with an exclamation of hope. It is His strength, not your own, which will carry you through your darkness. Stop depending on the weapon being used against you and start depending on Christ.
I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners, creating praise on their lips. ~ Isaiah 57:18-19 NIV

What we can learn from Amy Winehouse’s time with us?

Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge. ~ Proverbs 18:15
1. There is a real need for self-control
So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. ~1 Peter 1:13-15
2. Don’t allow demons free reign in your life. Get busy binding the destructive forces in your life
Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” ~ Matthew 16:18-19
3. Express your gifts and talents freely, but don’t manipulate and misuse them.
Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people! ~ Proverbs 18:16
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…  ~ James 1:17
4. When drowning, reach for a life-line – two drowning people can’t save each other
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
        “Come,” Jesus said.
        Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
        Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” ~Matthew 14:28-31
5. Fame and riches enhance and accelerate our troubles, and can block true blessings
A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
        When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
        When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” ~ Luke 18:18, 22-25
6. We must be rooted and grounded in Christ in order to manage everything that comes our way
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. ~Ephesians 3:14-19 NIV

2 thoughts on “Amy Winehouse: When did she live?

  1. Amy did not believe in Christ, she was of Jewish faith. She knew exactly what she was doing-she died in full makeup! What a talent! What a waste! She will be missed. Diane L.

    1. Hi, Diane, this post wasn’t about what Amy believed or didn’t believe. It’s about what I, a Believer in Jesus Christ, learned and/or realized upon reflecting on her life and music after she died.

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