On This Journey: Staying Close to God As We Branch Out

 

Yesterday, I had a thought. It is so easy to get caught up in the hype of the music industry that we lose sight of why we’re even in it. For several artists, we enter the industry because we have a deep love and passion for creating music and sharing it with others. For some reason, we can’t simply create and share. We have to get our image straight and look the part. We have to build online and offline so that we seem more important. We have to get “bigger” names to feature on our albums so that we can gain more exposure. We have to open for certain people so that we can build our resumes.

Once we gain the attention that we need in order to continue in our passion full time, we can look up and realize that we’re floating out in the middle of an ocean somewhere with nothing to anchor us or lead us back to land. That’s why it’s important to stay close to God. No matter how crazy the people around us may get, or how hectic our schedules may become, or how popular we may become, God will be there keeping us grounded and focused. We can quickly lose our way, if we allow ourselves to get caught up in our own hype. We hype us up to get others excited enough to listen to our music. When they listen, understand, and stick with us, we have done our job. We want to inspire, encourage, empower, and motivate our listeners, but we can’t do that until we get our music into people’s ears.

No matter how many stylists we have, no matter how many events we attend, no matter how many articles are written, and no matter how many photos are taken, it’s still all about the music, the message, and our purpose. Staying close to God is not just for musicians. It’s for everyone in all that we do. He has a plan for us, and we can only stay on track if we continue to look to him for guidance.

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