An Upside-Down, Life-Giving Faith

In Publications by Allison Byxbe

When I was growing up, my family went on a handful of car trips every year, usually visiting grandparents or cousins. With no more technology than a cassette tape player available to entertain myself, I filled the long rides to Florida or North Carolina with Mad Libs, mixed tapes, cross stitch projects, books, and family sing-alongs.

When we were tired of singing along to Dad’s Simon & Garfunkel or Beach Boys tapes, he’d lead us with his baritone melodies through “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain,” and “I’m In Right Out Right Upside Down Right Happy All the Time.”

I’m in right out right upside down right happy all the time. Since Jesus Christ came in and cleaned my heart of sin, I’m in right out right upside down right happy all the time.

With each successive refrain, we would sing the song faster and faster and faster—until eventually, my sister and I would be giggling so hard that we could barely breathe. As a kid, I didn’t think much about the deeper theological implications of that song. But as an adult, I see in Scripture that life in the kingdom is not about… [click here to finish this read on The Glorious Table]