What I didn't know at first was that the song wasn't really written as a worship song. The original artist, John Mark McMillan, wrote it after his good friend Stephen was killed. Stephen was a youth pastor. One morning he prayed “I’d give my life for this if that’s what it takes to see a movement among these youth. Do whatever you need to do God.” That same night, Stephen was killed in a car wreck. Part of John's intention in writing the song was that it would inspire that movement that Stephen prayed for.
So next time you listen to or sing along with this song, I encourage you to think about the whole story. For me it made the song even more special.
Here is the full original version of the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0luHiWwi08
I can't find the video where he tells whole story, but this is part of it: http://www.youthspecialties.com/blog/the-story-behind-how-he-loves/
I'd been wanting to do this blog for a while, and I happened to get around to it on Valentine's Day, so how's that for a blog about love?