#973 - "Me" by Mallary Hope
NRT's Kevin Davis talks with Mallary about the new single from her debut album, 'Out of My Hands.'

Posted: May 28, 2019 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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The debut full-length CCM release Out of My Hands introduced Mallary Hope to the Christian music market. The singer/songwriter is known for recording and writing country music for Faith Hill, Lauren Alaina, Danny Gokey and Jana Kramer. 

It was during her first pregnancy that Mallary felt a calling to use her gifts and her own voice to tell others about God's love. Fans got their chance to see Mallary at Winter Jam last year.
"Now" was her first single. It's an upbeat song that sets the tone for her music ministry. Mallary also released back-to-back original Christmas songs, "Just a Baby" and "Christmas Is All About You." In connection with her full-length album release, I had the chance to speak with Mallary about her latest single, "Me."

Please tell me the personal story behind the song.

I wrote this song when I was going through a season of comparison. Honestly, I thought that I was over doing that. I thought that I was done comparing myself to people. I was out on the Winter Jam Tour and I let Satan get into my mind and convince me that no one was caring what I had to say and people weren't really paying attention to me. It was one of those days on tour that I felt really small. I was away from my kids and I was in a bad mindset. 

I called my dad [a pastor] and asked him for advice. I didn't feel like I was making a difference. I wondered if I should be tougher and not as nice and whether that would make me more successful. My dad told me that sometimes when he delivers a sermon, people are asleep or are not really listening. He doesn't let that get to him, because he's not preaching for himself, but preaching for God.

My dad keeps his eyes focused on doing God's work. He leaves everything in God's hands. That's what I needed to hear. I remember sharing that story, as well as my testimony of how I got to Christian music, with my co-writers. I told them that I just wanted to be me. My co-writers encouraged me that this should be the message of my new song.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Romans 8:28 (VOICE): "We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan."

Romans 12:2 (VOICE): "Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete."

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV): "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Psalm 139:17-18 (NKJV): "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You."
Psalm 139:14 (NKJV): "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well."

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT): "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago." 

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV): "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

What is the takeaway message?

For the music video, I invited people to share whatever they have overcome before anyone even heard the song. This piece isn't about me. It's about overcoming the struggles that we are all dealing with. That's my vision for "Me." 

This song is inspired by my desire to abandon the notion of perfection. "Me" is a special reminder--even for myself--that I don't have to change who I am or conform to the world to fit in. I am loved and I am enough just the way I am. 

Our worth and identity is not rooted in what we do. Rather, our worth and identity are rooted in God and who He created us to be. I want to encourage others to be comfortable with who they are. It's easy to forget the beauty God created us for. I want this song to remind people of that beauty and to feel encouraged that it's okay to be "me."
I could be stronger, I could be braver
I could be someone who is never called a failure
I could have less doubt, I could have more faith
But I can come to You bold and unafraid

I can be me
A broken mess You knit together perfectly
A child You'll love no matter what the world may see
In Your eyes there's no one else I need to be
I just need to be me

I can be honest, I can be fearless
Unashamed to show my every weakness
I can stop comparing, because You've promised
Just as I am is all You ever wanted

I can be me
A broken mess You knit together perfectly
A child You'll love no matter what the world may see
In Your eyes there's no one else I need to be
I just need to be me

You are strongest in my weakness
I am Yours and I am free
I could be stronger, I could be braver
But I know to You it's never gonna matter

I can be me
A broken mess You knit together perfectly
A child You'll love no matter what the world may see
In Your eyes there's no one else I need to be
I just need to be me

Need to be me
It's okay to be me

Closing Thoughts

"Me" is  a personal song proclaiming Mallary's testimony of faith in God and her desire to follow Him. This song is a reminder that we don't have to be perfect or rely on our own plans. And that God knows us and loves us just as we are. That is cause for celebration as we all have freedom to be ourselves. And that He has great plans for us. 

The message throughout "Me" is to know that we don't have to be perfect; God made us the way we are for a reason. We're beautiful and we're worth it. We have something to say. Joy isn't just a happy emotion. It's deep peace and understanding, knowing that we're loved, without a shadow of a doubt.
God's thoughts and love for us are deep, such as cannot be known. We cannot comprehend how many mercies we have received from Him. We're strangers to ourselves. But, the Lord knows us well. So, we should earnestly desire and pray to be searched and proved by His Word and Spirit. 

I realize that Jesus commands us to trust God's Word completely, no matter our circumstances or personal distractions or concerns or doubts about ourselves and our flaws. This song is a great reminder of the kind of heart we should have both as people valued by God and as Christians who can communicate our value to other people.
We can't know everything. Plus, we're not in control of our own lives. Trusting God gives us assurance that we don't have to be afraid. God will be there to pick us up when we fall. 

We need to live each day knowing that, despite our circumstances, God has a plan for "those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). As Christians, we're God's adopted sons and daughters. We're "fearfully and wonderfully made." 

Don't let the world tell you who you are. It doesn't matter what you look like, if you have Jesus on the inside. That's where we can find our true identities--in Him. A quote that connects to this song is, "Comparison is the thief of joy," as stated by President Theodore Roosevelt. As the song says, "I can be me/A broken mess You knit together perfectly/A child You'll love no matter what the world may see/In Your eyes there's no one else I need to be/I just need to be me." Amen to that.

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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