Do Everything

Album: re:creation (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • Chapman experienced a horrendous tragedy in May 2008 when his five-year-old daughter Maria Sue died of injuries arising from a driveway accident. Three years later the Christian singer-songwriter released re:creation, a collection of fresh versions of some of his most memorable tunes from the past plus six new songs. The record was an opportunity to communicate that he and his family believe God is recreating many wonderful things in their lives after their tragic loss.
  • This is the lead single, which like a number of the other tracks features Chapman playing the ukulele. He described it to The Boot as "God just letting me sort of smile with music again. There was such a heaviness that music became so deep and so heavy. Then I discovered ukulele and it was like God saying, 'Here play this for a little while and I want you to smile a little bit again with music. I want it to be fun.' You can't frown and play a ukulele. There's just no way. It just makes you smile. I think that's why Hawaiians are all so happy."
  • Chapman told the story of the song to New Release Tuesday: "I actually started writing this song for my album, This Moment, in 2006. This was a song where I wanted to encourage people to not believe the fallacy that they need to be somebody famous to do something great for God's Kingdom. People who just sweep floors, or change diapers or change tires, Scripture reminds us that everything we do can be seen as an act of worship. We were created to do everything for the glory of God. God doesn't see us through the same lens that we look at ourselves."
  • The song was inspired by the devotional classic My Utmost For His Highest. Chapman explained to NewReleaseTuesday: "I was reading My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers, and he wrote about how we make visits to the mountaintops and also we walk through deep, deep valleys. Certainly my family has walked through valleys lately. I've also walked on incredible mountaintops. And as Oswald Chambers said, most of life is lived on wide, flat plains. There's nothing spectacularly good or bad; we're just living life and doing the best we can. Do everything as an act of worship. That's the story behind the song."

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