The Music Monster

Anyone who has been involved with leading worship through music has experienced the Music Monster.   It has many, many faces: the struggle with pride, the sin of preferences, the temptation of fame and recognition, the tension of making art that is creative and God centered, the consuming power of music to musicians, etc, etc, etc…   If you are truly seeking God then you know about the struggle to keep your heart and mind on Him while keeping your craft in healthy submission.

This isn’t a post about how to defeat that.

This is more of an admission that I have been failing and focusing on my creation more than the creator.  I have been writing a lot of songs lately and preparing for a new Album that I believe God wants me to make, but as I have been spending lots of time on it, I realized I haven’t been as focused on God personally.  It’s easy to get carried away and even listen to a sermon and forget to pick up the bible and read for ourselves isn’t it?  That’s like reading a map or just getting directions and acting like I actually walked down the street and experienced it for myself.

It’s time to put down the map and the busyness and go for a walk with God.

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2 thoughts on “The Music Monster

  1. Erik,

    Wow…I am so impressed with what the Lord is doing in your life…reading what you wrote makes me remember those times we’d talk about the Lord walking home and I just am blow away at where the Lord’s brought you and so blessed that I was part of that road that led you to him…God is so amazing..!!
    I am now in Jerusalem and have been ministering to a Muslim family. Sometimes I think what I am doing or saying or praying isn’t really having that much of an affect…but I am so encouraged to read what the Lord’s doing in your life because I KNOW that God can use each of us to affect someone else, and it isn’t about getting the credit it’s about the transforming power of God to use nobodies like us to minister to people that need Him.

    God bless you and keep you…Grace Hensley

    p.s. Please come to the reunion in October there are many people that would be so encouraged as to what the Lord’s doing in your life. 🙂

    1. Haha – you’re right. I am the reason I KNOW that God can change anyone! Thanks for the encouragement Grace. I don’t think I am going to be at the reunion for Mohave’s 2004 though…maybe.

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