Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
So, let’s be honest. Musicians can certainly live what most of us would consider a “normal” life, but you clearly possess a talent that really does set you apart from the rest of us.
My Mother was one of the finest musicians I have ever known. As a child, her passion for music and her talent on the piano just didn’t “take” with me. Looking back, I missed an amazing opportunity to learn to play from one of the best. There was a basic problem with that idea of course—I simply wasn’t a musician.
I didn’t realize it at the time but being raised by a musician was God’s way of training me for a lifetime of working with amazingly talented people. That means I’ve had a front row seat when it comes to the highs and lows that you experience.
In my earlier days in the Christian Music Industry, I had a close friendship with one of the top-selling Christian rockers of that time named Mylon Lefevre. I began one of our conversations by complaining about the difficulties of working with talented artists like him. Very quickly, with tears in his eyes he said these words to me, “You have no idea what it’s like to go to the secret place, where only you and God can go, and He gives you a song. Then you prayerfully shape it and hide it in your heart, fully knowing that at some point, you have to share it with people like you who will decide if it’s worth hearing.”
I could see his sincerity, but I didn’t really understand the creative process he described. Of course, after writing a few books, I now understand much better. So, let me be blunt: Don’t give up even when “we just don’t get it.” Go and do all that is in your heart. Write, sing, play, and then share what you find in that secret place with the rest of us.
Outwardly, you may be a banker, a seamstress, a maintenance man, a mom or dad, a math teacher or fulfilling countless other jobs. Your primary occupation may change along the journey of life—but you will always be a musician. That’s just the way you were made so work on your craft and share your songs wherever you can. We just might need to hear what He has to say through you.