To sit down and write about oneself and personal motivation is a very hard task. Where must I begin?
If you are reading this, it may be that you are just curious. Maybe you are trying to tell others about who I am but actually need help to describe “the what I am”
I really have the feeling that the “what I am” is probably more accurate and will probably help you, the reader…Music should be more about the message and less about the singer.
So, describing me is simple, I am a man who loves God, feels Gods hand in my life and who attempts to walk by faith and not by sight. My calling is to do church music and have done so for over 50 years.
I am, like so many other people, who are not sure what the future holds but I am willing to seize the day with help from above. I was born in 1950 to parents who had never been parents before and into a world that would change before our very eyes into something that was incomprehensible.
At 5 years old I would have a life changing encounter with God himself, who would not only become my Savior but thru that encounter; become my guide to the rest of my life, good and bad.
I was raised as a preacher’s kid and most time life was tough. Watching others from behind the so-called pulpit was a very enlightening experience. Seeing Christians struggle, fail, give up, go away, stand there and take it and die in their shoes has been a large part of my experience.
In 1979 and was licensed as a Southern Baptist evangelist and that calling cost me everything and yet gave me everything I have now. I have never felt the call to preach but to sing, so that is what I do; sing…and I let the singing do the preaching. In ministry its important to let God do the saving.
I have never felt that I was a good singer but I have felt that if I just did as God equipped me, He would take care of what I lacked… Thru music I can tell people stories how they should put their trust in Jesus. The music makes it easy to brush them in that direction. I view myself as a seed planter using music.
My point is that I don’t want people pointed to me but to the One who has sent me to tell others about Him. Its my desire for God to take what little I have and use it for Himself. This may sound funny but even in my sin I’ve wanted Him to use it to point the way to go or not… I have walked thru this world, sometimes muddy outside, but clean inside because of what He has done for me.
I feel like there are others who feel the same way about ministry and so being an encouragement is important to me. Being famous in not a goal, however being known is important to doing what God has called me to do. So here is my words to you. I am not trained, I have no degrees, I am not anyone who is important but someone who loves the Lord and walks in and by faith.
I am older now; I know less than I have ever learned. I do know that God wants to get your attention and He cares for you. If you will just put your trust in Him, He will see you thru whatever may be happening.
There is a red thread that comes from creation. It winds its way thru the eons of time. Touching and weaving as it goes. You, my friend are part of its story… sing with me, I love to tell the story, of Jesus and his love, twill be my theme in Glory, to tell the old, old, story, Of Jesus and his love.
Music is in this…