If Only I Had More....
Fess up, how
many of you really want THIS as your New Years
Well, it IS true
isn't it? We want more. More gigs, more playing time in
the praise team, more gear, more money for our trouble,
more constructive criticism of your work (as long as
it's positive!), more acknowledgement of our talent...
offended if one (or more) of these mores is you. It's
only natural and kind of a occupational hazard that we
long for more.
So what do we
do? I mean, we have the best of intentions. It's all for
God right? We truly do have it in our hearts that if we
could just get more (your answer here) we could be a
HUGE vehicle for God! We could change the world if we
just had a little more.
This is hard
because I know at this time of year, it seems like
everything slows down. Money gets tight. Churches are in
Holiday mode. Everyone is traveling or taking time away.
It's a time when doubts begin to creep in, and you start
wondering, "Maybe I should think about becoming a
professional basketball player?" (Sorry, that's me. And
judging by the way I played recently, that would be a
really bad decision.)
It's these times
when we need to pray and get closer to God. Not
necessarily a time to "wait", but to "wait upon the
way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He
will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the
justice of your cause like the noonday sun. 7 Be still
before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret
when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out
their wicked schemes. 8 Refrain from anger and turn from
wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.
So, what's the
answer here. Wait on God, but shouldn't you do something
in the meantime??
here's what you do. Something else.
I think we all
know about seasons that we go through. Sometimes there
are busy seasons where you are using your talent all the
time and you feel like you are a dynamic force of God.
Like some weird mix of Chuck Norris and John the
things slow down so much you wonder if you should be
doing it at all?
of this time. Tend to the other areas of your life and
happening on the gig front? Practice. Write new songs.
Get processes in place.
I remember this
fall, after a busy 6-7 months here in Nashville,
suddenly work came to a bit of a grinding halt. I had to
hustle a bit for work, and bills were a little late.
For a few days I
wondered what was up. Was God trying to tell me
I went back to
the drawing board on how I did my work, and put some new
ideas into practice. Since then, we've been blessed with
twice as much work as before then. However, had the slow
time not come, I would never had put those processes in
place that now make life and work so abundant.
So, try that. If
things are slowing down and you're wondering why and you
feel so strongly that if you just had more...try to look
in some different directions. Stretch your mind and see
what you've been missing.
No gigs? Use
this time to read up and learn about booking (more on
Need more gear?
Find out what you're using of what you have? Can you do
things with it you didn't know? Can you sell it or
something else you don't need and buy what you need?
unappreciated? Research who your audience is and see if
you're ministering to the right people.
ceiling in your playing? Change your environment.
Challenge your preconceived notions of how you play.
Play with people WAY better than you. That'll do it.
Is your material
getting stale? Come to Nashville and spend the day
writing with us. Arm yourself with new material to
I hope everyone
had a great Christmas and New Years.
Maybe, 2006 will
be more than you ever expected.
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