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A few days ago I received the news that a young man, only 18 years old that I knew named Chris, died tragically in a car accident. I was shocked to find out the news about Chris, so young, so unexpected. As I have gotten to talk to some of those closest to Chris over the last few days I have realized more & more what an amazing person & example of Christ that Chris was. When I attended the layout I was blown away by the amount of people who came to remember Chris, probably the biggest turnout I have ever seen at a funeral home, & it showed what an impact he made on the lives of the people who knew him.

I found out that Chris was a bold Christian who was not ashamed of his faith, who loved to tell people about Jesus through his words & actions. Chris left this world making an impact for Jesus, how awesome that he was able to do that even at such a young age! It got me thinking, do we live our lives like that? If we were to leave this world unexpectedly would people know about the Jesus in us? I hope so. I learned though that Chris came from a very very hard life, as a young child being passed around from foster home to foster home. He went through some terrible years of his life filled with abuse & neglect. But God had a plan for Chris’s life & put him with a great loving family that showed him the love he deserved & led him to know the love of Christ as well.

Someone mentioned to me at the layout service that I should write a song about Chris & his story. In my mind I thought  I’m so busy I don’t even have the time to write the songs I’m working on. On my way home God really started speaking to me to write this song about Chris’s story, & the impact it could have on others who knew him. So I said ok Lord let’s do it. I started talking to those closest to him & finding out more about him, the more I learned the more impressed I was by his life. The one thing that stuck out to me about what I was told about Chris, was his ability to overcome whatever came his way in life. We all go through things in life but we have to have the mentality, I’m not a victim, I’m a victor, & that’s the way Chris thought . So I wrote this song in Chris’s honor & memory hoping tit will speak to hearts of others who are going through struggles, knowing that they don’t have to give up or get discouraged, they too can overcome with God’s help! So I’m sharing the lyrics to this song, I wrote for Chris called “I Have Overcome” hoping that it will encourage your hearts today. I know that Chris has truly overcome everything in this world & is standing in the presence of Jesus today saying I Have Overcome! I will post a video to the song in the next few days so be sure to check back, to hear the song & see the video, hope you enjoy this song

I Have Overcome (In memory of Chris Taylor who died on Sept 30 2011)
Written By: Jimmy Dooley

V:1/ If I could tell you one thing, That I learned along the way, Is that it wasn’t always easy, But I wouldn’t change a thing, I’ve went through some hard times, There were days I felt alone, I remember many sleepless nights, When I was barely hanging on, When life knocked me down, I’d get back up every time that I would fall, And love conquered all, Oh love conquered all

Chorus:/ I have overcome, I have overcome, There were times my faith was tested, But I never gave up. I have overcome, I have overcome, I’ve been through the fire & through the rain, But I’m still standing strong. I have fought a lot of battles, Some I’ve lost, And some I’ve won, But I’m an overcomer, There’s nothing I can’t overcome

V:2/ I know what it feels like, To face this world on your own, To suffer pain, hurt & rejection, To search for strength to carry on, But I know what it feels like, To stand on a mountaintop, To live life to the fullest, And to love with all you’ve got, When life knocks us down, Someone will be waiting, To catch us when we fall, Cause love conquers all, Oh love Conquers all

Repeat Chorus:/ (2x)

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May 20, 2012 @02:05 pm You have saved my life Jimmy Dooley. Thank You so Much! Hanna Goers
October 14, 2011 @11:18 pm Great song man. Chris lived with my family for about a year and I love what you put together! He would have loved it too. Thank you. Adam Jones
October 14, 2011 @02:51 pm this is a beautiful song. i've had some hard times of my own. i feel as if this songs speaks 2 me about the rough road i was on years ago. i did not know chris that well, but i did work with him a few times. from what i heard from other people, he was a great person. he would really appreciate this song that you wrote for him. thank you. Trina
October 09, 2011 @12:58 am Jimmy, Chris was one of my best friends and I considered him to be my older brother. thank you so much for writing this song. It really spoke to me, and I'm sure if Chris were here to listen to it he would be completely overwhelmed. He was truely a light in the darkness... didn't matter who you were if he knew you or not he was always there for you.... no matter what... I'm really going to miss him. Thank you again, you have a truely amazing gift. god bless. Jessie Viningre
October 07, 2011 @06:39 pm Jimmy, that was a beautiful song you wrote about Christopher. I am and old friend of your dad Delvin we were good friends in jr high school and I know him and your mom are proud of you. I went to Spring street church when your grampa Joe preached there and I remember you and your brother I am so proud to see you use the talents God has given you. Take care and keep on for Jesus you will receive your reward. God bless you! Debbie Mineer Parks Debbie Parks
October 07, 2011 @06:35 pm Jimmy, that was a beautiful song you wrote about Christopher. I am and old friend of your dad Delvin we were good friends in jr high school and I know him and your mom are proud of you. I went to Spring street church when your grampa Joe preached there and I remember you and your brother I am so proud to see you use the talents God has given you. Take care and keep on for Jesus you will receive your reward. God bless you! Debbie Mineer Parks Debbie Parks
October 07, 2011 @11:30 am Wow, just so beautiful, he touched soooo many lives, and I will love and miss him forever Caleb Taylor
October 07, 2011 @01:12 am Thanks for all the encouraging words everyone, I'm glad the words to this song has spoke to your heart, I'm really excited for you to hear it, hope to have it done by next week, I'll let you all know when it's finished, thanks Jimmy Dooley
October 06, 2011 @11:41 pm Beautiful words . What a testimony and tribute to Chris. He probably went through more in his few years than most of us do in a lifetime. But he found and held onto Jesus and now he lives with Him forever. Beautiful! Kimberly
October 06, 2011 @11:11 pm Jimmy, I have known Chris since he was 2 yrs. old and you certainly conveyed his life and message in the beautiful song you wrote in Chris' honor. Although I am a christian, I'm having a hard time accepting the death of such a young devout christian who has had so many struggles in life. As I read comments from Chris's friends, I am beginning to understand how he impacted so many people in death as he did in life. I will be looking forward to hearing these words to music. It helps me realize God knows what he is doing to give you the words to honor Chris and inspire other people to live their life for God as Chris did. Sue Gray
October 06, 2011 @10:16 pm Hi jimmy, my name is mary I had the honor to be chris's girlfriend for most of the time that he was with pastor and connie. he was actually going to propose to me this christmas. words cannot describe how i feel over this loss because we had a true and pure godly love for eachother, but i would just like to say that this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written and i know chris would be so overwhelmed and touched by this. he was an angel amoung us and i was honored to be loved by such a Godly young man. mary pierce
October 06, 2011 @04:43 pm Thank you so much for writing this and getting Chris's story told. I knew him personally and he was a Great Man of God who was fearless to show his Passion for JESUS CHRIST. The impact he has made on thousands of lives already is just the beginning of his Legacy. He is truly missed by many and I can't wait to see him again. I do know that as he is looking down on all of us he is saying "TO GOD BE THE GLORY". Brenda Reed
October 06, 2011 @03:51 pm God bless you Jimmy for obeying and writing Chris' testimony samantha
October 06, 2011 @02:59 pm Dear Jimmy: God must have spoke those words to you because they speak Chris's life for sure!! God bless you for listening to Him and being a part of something that is certainly going to bring Him Glory! Betty Souders
October 06, 2011 @02:08 pm Jimmy I am going through alot of things, living with a drug abuser, taking care of three babies on my own,one 15 months and deaf and one four and preparing for two eye surguries and a onery 3 yr old ALL boy! the other two are both miracle babies one was born at 1lb. 8oz and the other at 2lb. And my wife has spent the last 6 months destroying not only her life taking drugs but mine trying to keep her straight. 2 weeks ago she walked off from rehab and i gave up. I can't help her if she won't help herself. I have since filed for divorce and custody of my babies and this song really touched me today letting me know I can conquer ALL with God's help. Thank you so much and remember me and my little babies in your prayers. ichael Michael Tripp
October 06, 2011 @02:03 pm Thank you so much Jimmy for taking time to write this song for Chris. Many people will be touched by it! What a blessing you are being to those who knew and loved him! God bless! Terry Miller
October 06, 2011 @01:21 pm JImmy, You do have a very special talent! How sweet those words are in the song and how sweet of you to make time to honor one whose life was taken and I am sure this song will comfort many of his loved ones! Great Job, you are an amazing person!! Brandy Fink Hathorn
October 06, 2011 @05:24 am Jimmy, You truly have a talent for writing songs about people and the lives they live! God has blessed you with such a special gift, and you are using it to His glory! I love the song, the story is very touching. April

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