Sing Your Way Thru Hell Week

Want to change the world? Start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.

“The ninth week of  Navy Seal training is referred to as “Hell Week.” It is six days of no sleep, constant physical and mental harassment and—one special day at the Mud Flats—the Mud Flats are an area between San Diego and Tijuana where the water runs off and creates the Tijuana slue’s—a swampy patch of terrain where the mud will engulf you.

It is on Wednesday of Hell Week that you paddle down to the mud flats and spend the next 15 hours trying to survive the freezing cold mud, the howling wind and the incessant pressure to quit from the instructors.

As the sun began to set that Wednesday evening, my training class, having committed some “egregious infraction of the rules” was ordered into the mud.

The mud consumed each man till there was nothing visible but our heads. The instructors told us we could leave the mud if only five men would quit—just five men and we could get out of the oppressive cold.

Looking around the mud flat it was apparent that some students were about to give up. It was still over eight hours till the sun came up—eight more hours of bone chilling cold.

The chattering teeth and shivering moans of the trainees were so loud it was hard to hear anything and then, one voice began to echo through the night—one voice raised in song.

The song was terribly out of tune, but sung with great enthusiasm.

One voice became two and two became three and before long everyone in the class was singing.

We knew that if one man could rise above the misery then others could as well.

The instructors threatened us with more time in the mud if we kept up the singing—but the singing persisted.

And somehow—the mud seemed a little warmer, the wind a little tamer and the dawn not so far away. ” Naval Admiral William H. McRaven

Singing is a means to unlocking the human heart. Think of the power of music and song in marketing. How many jingles are stuck in your head. You hear a random song and suddenly are engulfed in a vivid memory. The power of song causes us to make a purchase, brings a smile to our hearts recall if the most complex details.

Now consider the power of singing the Word of God! I am talking about more than your favorite Matt Redman tune, sing the Bible! Take small isolated phrases of a verse and sing them over and over again. You get to create the tune and melody. Visitors to IHOPKC are amazed at how much the Bible is sung in the Prayer Room. In fact we like to call it the “Singing Seminary.”

You might say, “I can’t sing!” Who told you that you couldn’t sing? It wasn’t Abba Father! Every child sings until someone “steals” their voice by saying something like that! We were made to sing, maybe others won’t buy my recordings, but I am going to sing! My heart depends upon and the Apostle Paul even commands it. Colossians 3:16. Paul wasn’t only speaking of the so-called “good singers” of his day. If you think you can’t sing, SING LOUD!

Your gonna get good at this and you’ll give others hope!


ChriS & Yvette


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