Earlier this week, Carrie Underwood’s exclusive interview with PEOPLE Magazine got published. Although they meant for Carrie to be in the spotlight, she wound up giving God all the glory instead.
It’s been a crazy year for Carrie Underwood. The Oklahoma native dropped her fifth studio album, launched her own fitness clothing line, celebrated the first birthday of her first child, kicked off another world tour and won several prestigious awards along the way.
With all of Carrie’s accomplishments and blessings, she could easily fall into the trap of greed and success that so many are obsessed with. However, Carrie reminds us that a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way to truly be happy.
In a nation that’s being smothered by darkness more and more, Carrie Underwood restores our hope by shining the light of the Lord, brighter and brighter. Equipped with strong character and love, Carrie consistently speaks truth and life into a deranged world — and it’s a captivating sight to observe.
She rose to fame after winning American Idol in 2005, and since then, Carrie’s become one of the most successful artists in any musical genre. Recognized by Rolling Stone as the female vocalist of her generation in any genre, by Time as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ and by Billboard as Country Music’s reigning Queen — Carrie is famous for her God-given gift of singing and character traits that can only be found in a ‘Proverbs 31 Woman.’
After watching Carrie discuss the meaning behind “The Girl You Think I Am,” the heartwarming track from her new album that she co-wrote about a daughter’s beautiful relationship with her father, it’s so clear to see why she’s inspiring Christians around the world to walk the walk — not just talk the talk — by simply loving like Jesus.
Here’s 4 Reasons Why Carrie Underwood Is Changing America:
#1: In a world pre-occupied with judging others, Carrie teaches us the vital values of free will and unconditional love.
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” – James 3:17
Carrie’s divine wisdom and strong relationship with Jesus Christ has allowed her to learn and apply a lesson we all struggle with daily — not judging others.
“I am a Christian, and I do love the Lord, and I feel no matter who you are, what you believe, how you live your life, it’s not my place to judge. I don’t have that power. I don’t want that power. It’s my place to love and to show God’s love to other people, even if they don’t live a life like I live,” Carrie said.
Carrie doesn’t just talk the talk — she actually walks the walk. And by doing so, Carrie is shining the light of the Lord in everything she does. She realizes it’s our job as Christians to love unconditionally, instead of condemning those who live differently than us. By doing this, Carrie is glorifying God in a way we rarely see these days — she realizes she doesn’t have the power to judge others. Only God has that power.
The most inspiring part about Carrie’s unique perspective is that she and her NHL star husband, Mike Fisher, are instilling those same values in their 1-year-old son Isaiah. My hope for humanity was restored when I learned the details of Isaiah’s Christian upbringing.
The most important lesson from the Bible the new parents want Isaiah to learn? LOVE.
“Mike and I talk about teaching him how to approach everybody in a loving way, even if they’re not the same, and to try to say, ‘You know what? God loves them, so it should be my job to do my best to love them as well,’” Carrie said.
With parents like Carrie and Mike raising the future of America, it’s safe to say our nation is in good hands. Carrie and Mike regularly have devotionals together, pray together, and also read the Bible together. When Carrie and Mike first started dating, they read Pastor Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life together.
Carrie is considerate, merciful, peaceful and sincere. The character traits she possesses represent a heart filled with the love of Jesus that nourish the souls of everyone she encounters. We could all learn and apply some valuable life lessons from Carrie’s divinely-inspired wisdom. If everyone could love the way Carrie does, the world would be a much better place.
“Everybody has the power to do something, to be a contributing force and I would rather people look back on my life and say, ‘She made the world a better place.’ We can all do things like that, and I believe that when opportunities arise for you to do good, you should do good.” – Carrie Underwood
#2: Despite the Hollywood trend of using celebrity platforms to campaign for politicians, Carrie strives to uphold her own stance on the issue.
“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” – Proverbs 31:26
Although Carrie is one of the few outspoken Christians in the entertainment industry, she chooses not to use her celebrity platform God has blessed her with to endorse politicians. In an interview with TV Guide, the country star refused to reveal her favorite presidential candidate. Carrie’s response was eloquent, as always.
“There is someone I do support, but I don’t support publicly. I lose all respect for celebrities when they back a candidate,” Carrie said. “It’s saying that the American public isn’t smart enough to make their own decisions.”
Carrie’s devotion to stay silent in the midst of political chaos during this election is truly admirable. You can’t go a single day without seeing one of the most famous celebrities expressing her opinion on who to vote for.
Carrie stays away from agendas that can fuel celebrities to use their platforms to strengthen their secular ideals, and in exchange, she’s leaning even harder on God. Carrie’s using her wisdom to encourage fans to educate themselves and make political decisions on their own.
“I think everybody needs to go check out what the candidates are all about and make an informed decision on their own. I would never want anybody to vote for anything or anybody just because I told them to. Music is where you go to get away from all the BS. Whether it’s from politics or just the world around you, music should be an escape,” Carrie explained. “More than anything, I want people to do their own homework. I don’t want people to vote for somebody because I told them to,” she added.
#3: Instead of being bound by bitterness, Carrie loves her enemies — and prays for them too.
“Do not repay evil with evil, or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” – 1 Peter 3:9
With all the hate surrounding us these days, it’s refreshing to see Carrie Underwood outshine the darkness with the light of the Lord. While most people tend to be angry at their ‘enemies,’ Carrie reminds us the beauty of forgiveness and compassion.
Carrie has certainly had plenty of experience with enemies. Ever since the Oklahoma native made her debut in the country music industry after winning American Idol in 2005, Carrie has been frequently criticized for being “too vocal” about her Christian faith. Despite the persecution Carrie’s faced as one of the few famous Christians these days, the 33-year-old singer always handles her ‘haters’ with admirable grace:
We could all learn a valuable life lesson from Carrie’s tweet in response to the criticism she received for her portrayal of “Maria Von Trapp” in Sound of Music Live in 2013. Instead of feeding into their negativity, Carrie took the high road by PRAYING for her enemies. In the tweet, Carrie referred to 1 Peter 2:1-25, one of her favorite Bible passages that speaks to hearts of all diversities:
Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight… 1 Peter 2:1-25
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) December 7, 2013
“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.” – 1 Peter 2:1
You don’t have to be freshly wounded by an enemy to learn from Carrie’s message. Somehow, someway — there’s probably some source of bitterness that’s preventing you from living a full life. Every one should follow Carrie’s suggestion to CHOOSE delighting in the Lord over holding onto bitterness.
#4: While many absorb themselves in fame and fortune, Carrie has her priorities in order.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21
As if the rise in American divorce rates isn’t devastating enough, the negative impacts that divorce has on children of divorced parents is even more devastating. American families have been shattered by the rising divorce statistics — and the infinite magazine covers of failed celebrity marriages only perpetuates the divorce epidemic. However, Carrie and Mike give us hope that happy families can still exist — but only if our priorities are properly aligned.
No matter how big that red carpet is, Carrie Underwood always puts family first. Carrie spends as much time as possible hanging out at home with her hubby and son Isaiah. She also still visits her extended family in Oklahoma when she can.
“I love being around my friends and my family and spending time with my husband. I like being normal and recharging my batteries, and I feel like I have the coolest job in the world where I get to get on stage and perform and get to do a lot of really amazing things.” – Carrie Underwood
Instead of indulging herself in material items and a luxurious lifestyle, Carrie and her husband invest in their marriage and family. And Carrie’s strong relationship with Jesus Christ keeps her grounded.
Carrie’s prioritization of family is evident in her music as well. Her 2009 single, “Mama’s Song” became an anthem for children and their mothers and her recent performance of “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted,” her song about Mike and baby Isaiah, are guaranteed to make you emotional. However, the song of hers that seems to be making fans cry the most is “The Girl You Think I Am,” with lyrics that depict a daughter’s beautiful relationship with her father.
“‘The Girl You Think I Am’ is the one song on the album most likely to make me cry when I think about it or when I hear it,” Carrie said.
As I was listening to Carrie’s appreciation of a father’s love and how she expressed that through her gift of music, I couldn’t help but think of 1 Peter 4:10 and James 1:19-20, which read:
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” – 1 Peter 4:10
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” – James 1:19-20
There’s no doubt Carrie’s Christian upbringing had a profound impact on the divine wisdom she shares with fans daily. Carrie has learned to truly love like Jesus — no matter what adversities or differences come our way. Carrie isn’t perfect, but her gracefulness and steadfast compassion is a breath of fresh air.
Thank you, Carrie Underwood for faithfully shining the light of the Lord in a world that’s drowning in darkness. God is definitely using this woman in extraordinary ways.
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“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30