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#538 - "Satisfied" by About A Mile
Adam talks about how external circumstances cannot touch true satisfaction in the Lord.

With its unwavering commitment to faith no matter how severe the trial, it's no surprise that new Word artist named itself About A Mile, boldly referencing the suffering then triumph of a crucified and risen Christ. Their self-titled major label debut album About A Mile, released July 15 and is produced by Ian Eskelin.
"We learned from a study that Jesus carried His cross about a mile, and that's where our band name comes from," sums up Adam. "When we felt called to play music for the rest of our life, there was never any doubt that we would do it for His glory and treat our ministry like He did when carrying the cross. He carried a cross that we deserved to be nailed to about a mile so He could die for us. We just want to serve others as best as we can and use all our strength and ability to honor God, carrying our cross as far as we possibly can." I had the great opportunity to speak with frontman Adam Klutinoty about their lead single, "Satisfied."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

This song didn't come out of a typical songwriting session where I sit down specifically to write a song. This song was written after I hadn't eaten in seven days. I was fasting from food and just drinking water during my illness, because my stomach was messed up. I realized that there was something bigger God was trying to tell me. I got rid of all food for a while and focused on how God can fill the emptiness in my heart more than food can satisfy hunger. We forget that sometimes. 

If you are away from the Word or out of relationship with Jesus as a Christian, you'll see that your soul is starving. I was slowly realizing that as long as we have Jesus, we will always be satisfied. It also was inspired by moments growing up, like when my dad lost his job in the steel mill. We were a family of eight people. He'd been working there for over 20 years and I could tell he was really broken, and he's a tough guy and I didn't see that a lot. I went up to him and I asked him what we were going to do. He never once wavered from his belief that God would provide for our family. 

Instead of saying "woe is me" during those situations, he said to me, "Son, I am not the provider for this family, God is the provider for this family and we are going to be satisfied in Christ." As I've gotten older I realize that our satisfaction doesn't come from things like job security, relationships or anything this world has to offer us. It comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and in Him alone we can be satisfied. The song came from that realization.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Luke 9:23 (VOICE):
If any of you want to walk My path, you're going to have to deny yourself. You'll have to take up your cross every day and follow Me.

Matthew 6:31-34 (VOICE): So do not consume yourselves with questions: What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don't realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need.  Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too. So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.

Luke 16:13 (VOICE): Imagine you're a servant and you have two masters giving you orders. What are you going to do when they have conflicting demands? You can't serve both, so you'll either hate the first and love the second, or you'll faithfully serve the first and despise the second. One master is God and the other is money. You can't serve them both.

Acts 2:28 (VOICE): Instead, You direct me on a path that leads to a beautiful life. As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment.

Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV): Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

1 Timothy 6:6 (NKJV): Now godliness with contentment is great gain.

What is the takeaway message?

I remember my dad teaching me about that 1st Timothy 6:6 Scripture about how godliness with contentment is great gain. That became one of my favorite verses. I've found that without being satisfied in Christ, nothing else seems to be enough. No matter what else I dug into growing up and deciding whether Christianity was for me and if Jesus was who He said He was, it didn't take long for me to realize that the only thing that can satisfy my heart completely and find true contentment in is to acknowledge that I have a Savior who loves me. It gives me a future. It gives me hope. It gives me everything. I don't know how people make it through life without that. It keeps me going. That's what satisfies me.

Let Your song be the song I sing
Through the blessing and burdens this life will bring
In You alone I'm satisfied

Through the struggles I face
When contentment starts to fade
Through the constant wondering
When my doubt is crippling
This will be my, this will be my prayer

Let Your song be the song I sing
Through the blessings and burdens this life will bring
In You alone I'm satisfied
In You I'm satisfied

I'm letting go of my fears
And believing that You're here
No matter what my future holds
You are God, You are in control
And this will be my, this will be my prayer

Let Your song be the song I sing
Through the blessings and burdens this life will bring 
In You alone I'm satisfied
And all I need is Your sacrifice
I have more than I deserve
You gave me Your life
In You alone I'm satisfied

No matter the cost
I'll take up my cross
And run to You, run to You
No matter the cost
I'll take up my cross
And run to You, run to You

This will be my, this will be my prayer
This will be my, this will be my prayer

In You alone I'm satisfied

This song really is the story of the band and perfectly represents their music ministry, committed to singing about taking up the cross of Jesus, and dying to themselves so that they can be followers of Jesus as He instructs us in His Word in Luke 9:23. I immediately connected to the emotional message and music of this song, which reminds me of alternative rock bands like Daughtry, The Fray and Lifehouse. "Satisfied" is a great devotional song for the believer and a challenge when you sing along with the hook to think about whether you are truly "satisfied" in Christ alone. 

Are we spending too much time thinking about our circumstances and what we can do to improve them or are we connecting with God's heart for us, which is "do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today" (Matthew 6:34, The Voice). I've read that God tells us 365 times in His Word "do not fear" or "do not worry," enough for a daily reminder to not spend time caught up in ourselves, but allowing ourselves to be satisfied with a fresh filling of God and His Holy Spirit every day.

This song does a wonderful job of challenging the world's definition of satisfaction. The Klutinoty family situation is a clear and genuine example of needing to rely on God instead of their situations to find satisfaction. The world considers finding contentment in having possessions and financial security to be the definition of satisfaction. This song is a sacrifice of praise to Jesus. It recognizes that sanctification and satisfaction can only come from God. 

Jesus tells us in His Word, "You cannot serve God and money." God asks us to stretch ourselves and find faith in the unseen things of God. Jesus told Thomas, "Blessed are those who have not seen, and still believe." Paul tells us to "walk by faith, and not by sight." Those verses are my heart's cry, which this song captures. I love to sing along with this song with all of my might, "No matter the cost, I'll take up my cross and run to You, this will be my, this will be my prayer." Amen to that!

(Watch the music video here.)

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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