This weekend I had the privilege to play my guitar and sing at a place in Fort Payne Al. called the Pickin’ Post. I got to sing two songs that I wrote. I write contemporary Christian music.
Seems like most folks around here, in Springville AL, pretty much all listen to contemporary Christian music. This crowd…not so much. The group I opened for was a southern gospel quartet. You don’t get any more southern baptist than that. I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, but southern gospel ain’t ever been one of ’em!
The average age in the crowd was about a hundred and fifty. Ok, so I exaggerated just a tad. Seriously the average age was probably late sixties. Lots of blue hairs. To say that I didn’t fit in was a slight understatement.
Traditions tend to stop people from hearing the lyrics, and the heart of the song, when it doesn’t sound like the music they are used to. People who’ve known only one thing, and are set in their ways, don’t always equate new, up to date things with God and the Church. I’m not putting them down. There’s nothing wrong with liking one style of music over another. I’m just saying, I might as well of sang Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
They clapped, and were certainly polite. A few people even told me I had a beautiful voice. It was kinda like telling a fat person they’re really cute in the face, or that they have a great personality. Seriously, I feel like they were genuine. I just don’t think they ‘got’ my songs.
Right before I was about to leave, a man came up, shook my hand and told me that my songs ministered to him. He said that they took him to the throne! The throne!! Wow! He told me that everyone else there might’ve missed it, but that those songs were for him! He spoke blessings over me and my ministry, and those were words I needed to hear. God is so good! You never know how or when you’re going to touch someone when you are obedient to Christ with your talents.
If I’m given the chance to share anything God gives me, and it touches one person, then to God be the glory! Great things He has done!
That guy didn’t even really want to come that night, but came just to get out of the house. In a room full of people, I played and sang my heart out for my audience of One, and in the process, God’s words touched someone’s life. How awesome is that?!
God spoke to me through that man, just as He spoke to that man through my songs. The songs God gave me! The awkward feeling of not fitting in, totally disappeared. I knew that in that few minutes, God’s purpose for me, at least for that night, was fulfilled.
It’s not about accolades, or praises, it’s about glorifying God. Sometimes in obedience, there are times you may not even see the fruits of your labor, but rest assured. All things are working together for His purpose!
They may never ask me to come back to The Pickin’ Post. I may never be famous. But if any time, I can do anything for God, if I can touch just one life, I’m as famous as I want to be.
God’s gifts of grace come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully. If you speak, you should do it like one speaking God’s very words. If you serve, you should do it with the strength God provides. Then in all things God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Give him the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11