When I got saved four years ago, God implanted a whole new set of dreams and aspirations within me, and charted a new course for my life. While I always loved to write, I never once pictured myself writing Christian fiction or non-fiction material. I also never imagined I would someday attempt to make and share my own style of music. Apparently, God had these gifts planned for my life, from the start. Isn’t that just like Him though? Only He can reroute your life into doing something you never planned for, all for the sake of His glory.
Every night, I send out a new flurry of Twitter blasts, Facebook and CollectiveFaith posts, Jango Internet Radio fan emails and SoundCloud messages, constantly spreading my music around. And I try to write for different blogs at least twice a week. It gets a bit tiresome at times. My music doesn’t receive a lot of chatter. My blog posts sometimes go a week without any comments or “likes”. In my humanity, I tend to grow weary and question, “Why exactly am I doing this stuff?”
But my wife is always there to remind me that God gave me gifts; not for my own edification, but for His glorification. Sometimes, I’ll catch my 8-year old son playing with toys and singing lyrics to my songs. It strengthens me to see him learning to praise God through music. If he’s the only person the music drives toward God, then all the time and efforts are worth it. There are times when a blog post has been written and forgotten about. But out of nowhere comes a random email explaining how said blog post touched someone’s heart in a very specific way. These are the rare moments that strengthen my resolve to keep writing for the Lord. He’s using my talents, the very talents given by Him, to minister to folks at just the right moments.
1 Peter 4:10 says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”.
So, I write. Sometimes, I write Christian fiction; sometimes song lyrics. Other times I may write a witty short story, or an article in answer to a question. And in between all of that writing, I produce instrumentals in hopes of someday penning Christian lyrics to flow over them. These are my living dreams. My family supports my efforts. In time, maybe the world will catch on to what I have to offer. But if the world never recognizes my talents, I know that I’m making my wife, my kids and our Lord Jesus very happy by staying the course.