So far 2021 has been a time of big changes and transitions for me. My father passed away in February and now in March I am stepping out to share my music with the world.
When you lose a loved one you inevitably start thinking about your own mortality and life. I saw how my dad went through a terrible trial in the middle of his life but how God blessed the ministry of the second half of his life even more than the first. I guess that kind of inspired me. As I look back at my own life I have many regrets… I see where I missed opportunities, gave up too easily, or squandered resources, but God has blessed me despite my sins. I am hoping, like my father, I can grow spiritually in faith and be even more fruitful in the second half of my life than the first.
I was teaching recently from Luke 13:6-9 where Jesus says, “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
I realized God has been digging around my life and throwing manure on my roots so I will learn to become fruitful. My dad always said, “If you don’t use your gifts, you’ll lose your gifts” and told me I needed to use my musical talents for God. Music was once my dream but I let it go for responsibilities and fears I had. I haven’t been using it to my full potential. No more excuses. Yesterday, I released an acoustic album of old hymns played as I hear them in my head. I hope these wonderful deep old songs resonate with the same power and hope they fill my heart with. Welcome to the Blogosphere!