If there were a dusty intersection of ordinary life, country music, and faith, Gary LeVox would be sitting there on the back of a pickup singing about it. Gary is an award-winning songwriter and lead singer of Rascal Flatts, the best-selling country vocal group of the past decade. But he’d rather just be the guy who sings the soundtrack to your life’s most memorable scenes.
Thanks to Pixar and computer-animated cars, you’ve almost definitely hummed his hit song, Life Is a Highway.
Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you’re going my way
I wanna drive it all night long
Thanks to Gary and Rascal Flatts, millions of us have been at a wedding, graduation, or on a road trip when we heard, sang, or danced along to My Wish, Bless the Broken Road, or Changed.
A few years ago, Neil Thrasher, Gary’s friend and fellow songwriter came out to the LeVox ranch to write and catch up. Neil’s daughter had asked to be baptized on their recent beach vacation. Through the sunset-lit waves and wind, Neil told Gary he heard nothing but these words in his head as he watched.
I came up out of the water
Raised my hands up to the Father
Gave it all to Him that day
Felt a new wind kiss my face
In a Billboard interview, Gary described what happened next as, “One of those moments that we felt like we just held the pen; God did all the work.” They began writing Changed together about Neil’s daughter. As they wrote, it became Neil’s story, Gary’s story, his wife Tara’s story, your story. It’s all of our stories because it’s a soundtrack for the ultimate story we all share. The Gospel. They went on.
I got off track, I made mistakes
Backslid my way into that place where souls get lost
Lines get crossed
And the pain won’t go away
I hit my knees, now here I stand
There I was, now here I am
Here I am
I’ve changed for the better
Life is a highway. Your heavenly Father has a wish for you. He wants to bless your broken road. He stands ready to change you for the better. Just stop wherever you are, and raise your hands up to the Father.
If you’re ready to change for the better, here’s a great prayer to start with:
God, You’re my Father. I’ve made mistakes, but I trust You. I believe Your Son, Jesus, died and was raised so I could forever be changed for the better. Here is my life. Please bless this broken road. Amen.