People are often defined by their goals. We work diligently to get what we want, so what we want usually determines what we do. We change our daily routines and workload to accomplish our goals. Sometimes our goals are deceptive because we are not honest with ourselves about what we truly want.
As Christian music ministers it is of the utmost importance that we clearly define our goals. Then, we must clearly differentiate between goals and the tools we use to accomplish the goals. It is all too easy to get sidetracked from our goals, especially since the goals of secular musicians are often our tools.
Here is an excerpt from The Christian Musicians Devotional to help us clearly define our goals and stay on track to attain them.
What Do You Want?
“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.”
What do you want? Be careful with the answer to that question. It is not, “What do you think you’re supposed to want?” The answer may be found in what you think about when you are free to think about anything. Do you picture yourself on the big stage as the headliner? Do you dream of what you will purchase with the money you will be paid after you are successful? Do you fantasize about releasing multiple projects that dominate the radio airwaves or touring extensively? What do you want?
It is difficult for Christian musicians to keep focused because of all the trappings of the music industry. What is a goal to secular musicians is just a tool for Christian music ministers. We want souls in heaven. We want lives changed. We want to bring people closer Jesus. Money, radio airplay, big shows, publicity, touring, etc. are tools to help us connect with people.
Guarding our heart requires us to continually remind ourselves that we are in the music business for people. We can easily fall into the temptation of seeking fame in the name of finding significance in ministry. But God knows our true heart, our true motivations. Are we in ministry because above all else we love people? When we dream do we dream of souls in heaven?
Our focus on bringing people closer to Jesus will change the course of our life. It may cost us fame and fortune. We may never play the big stage. We may never even be able to make a living from our music. We could end up playing in obscure places like prisons, nursing homes, or homeless shelters. But, if we guard our hearts we will get what we want.
Father, pierce my heart with a desire to bring people closer to You. Cause me to love people more than the music.
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