Category: Ministry

Deep Impact

Recently, I was privileged to be one of the judges for Waves of Glory, Wet ‘n Wild’s Battle of the Christian Bands. I LOVE this event because it gives local, unsigned Christian artists the opportunity to perform at a major theme park.

Even before the winner was named (Congratulations – Alma Vertical!), the judges and organizers were discussing how to make next year’s contest even better. We talked about changing the scoring sheet to include, among other things, how the music made us feel. What was its IMPACT?

As a songwriter, I am constantly critiquing my own songs. In addition to the usual checklist, everything from alliteration to song structure, I’ve added some basic, yet revealing questions:

Do I like this song?”

“Do I enjoy singing this song?”

“Does this song move me?

Chances are, if I don’t like singing my song, my listeners won’t enjoy hearing it either.

Now, we know nothing is impossible with God. If He can speak through a donkey, He can minister through a dull song and an uninspired singer.  Yet, what a joy it is to be in tune with the Spirit and to have a song minister to you and through you!

I’ve experienced that difference, both as an artist and as a member of the audience. If the listener is going to be moved by the song, the song needs to move the singer—to have a deep impact in the heart.

Bear with me as I attempt an analogy from science (those who know me, know this is a stretch). As I recall, molecules stay relatively still when they are cold; turn up the heat, and they start moving and bumping into one another. Seems to me, this is how God works through us. He ignites us with a passion that burns deep inside our hearts and moves us to action. As we share our passion, whether through a song or an act of service, others are moved and stirred to action. The chain reaction may be small, our families or communities, or it could be huge, shaking our nation, or changing the world.

What impact will your songs and your ministry have? God knows and time will tell. What you can do is pray. Pray to be a co-creator with God, for His Word to flow through you with passion and power, for songs that will burn in your heart and touch those around you.

And remember, if you want your songs to change the world, they have to change you first. 


The Reason We Sing

Music has always been a part of my life. Whether gathering around the piano to sing Christmas carols, crooning out Patridge Family hits to my electric guitar, or singing oldies with my family driving home from grandpa’s farm; my fondest childhood memories revolve around music. Two years after I accepted Christ, I sang my first duet in church with my brother, and I was hooked. I just knew God wanted me to be in full time ministry!

I tried for years to make that dream a reality, but it didn’t happen. As I look back now, much older and hopefully wiser, I ask myself why. Why did I want to sing and travel in ministry? If I’m really honest with myself, I wanted the fame. Sure, there was an element of service; I’d sing Christian songs and even pray for people after my concert, but at the center of my desire, was my own glory. I wanted to feel special, to be somebody. It was all about me!

As I approach the second half of my journey, how do I answer that question, and how do I change my focus? First of all, I know who I am in Christ. I no longer need the applause of the crowd or the approval of others to feel important. I am secure in God’s love for me. Nothing I do could ever make Him love me more than He does right now, and nothing could ever make Him love me less.

Since I have nothing to gain from music ministry, I can focus fully on what I have to give.

My highest goal is to give glory to God; in the songs I sing, the words I say, my actions, attitudes, and in the love I show to others. It’s all about Him, His greatness, His goodness, His plan, and His purpose! And God is all about people. “For God so loved…that He gave.” Jesus came, “not to be served, but to serve and to give His life…” That’s the manner and the message He gave us to communicate as His ambassadors.

The reason we sing,

The reason we lift our voice,

Is more than just making harmony.

The reason we sing

Is to praise the one who gave His Son to be

The reason we sing.

May I be so bold as to ask, why do you sing? What is your focus? Are you making music for your glory or for the glory of God? Do you seek to love the people you sing for more than you want the people to love you?