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It's More Than Music

Singers sing for GRAMMY's. Rappers rap for award shows. Actors act for Oscars and Golden Globes. I am not against any of these. In fact there should be awards to honor hard work and recognize outstanding talent.

As a pianist and composer, one of my personal goals is to win a GRAMMY and I have been privileged to play piano with a GRAMMY winning orchestra and a legendary GRAMMY-winning jazz saxophonist.  For being America's best, they deserve such merit. However; I strongly believe that placing emphasis on fame, popularity, and awards should not be a primary focus.

After the music stops, when the applauses cease, when popularity fades, when singles and albums fall off the charts (inevitably, they all do), and the newest song is replaced with a newer one, what happens? The GRAMMY collects dust, the fame dies down and the recording industry, like it has for countless others, forgets.

This fate is just the opposite for those who use their gifts and talents for the glory of God. For those who teach, sing, write, and skillfully yield their talents to the true and eternal God, the rewards are eternal because God's glory is eternal and will forever outlast any fame or royalty check.

I am reminded of this truth every Sunday morning at my church (Community Fellowship Church Dalton, GA). If you walk through the doors of this growing ministry on any given Sunday morning at 10:00 AM, you'd think you were walking into a concert or a live recording. The music is blasting, voices ring in beautiful melodies, and hearts are unified in sincere worship to God. This is one of the many attributes about the people there that I'm growing to love. Singers display musical prowess on a skill and passion level that no award show could possibly reach. Humility is prevalent and the people operate in hearts of love and joy.

Once the music stops, there are no awards, no paychecks, or magazine articles. Those temporary satisfactions are replaced with joy, love, peace, and strength promised from God who, throughout the ages, has taken great care of those who make His music with sincerity.

The Beatles, The Temptations, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson, were all great (I have nothing against them), but their GRAMMY's and accolades are still here. Prone to dust, damage, and destruction; their awards are perishable. But the glory of God is imperishable, eternal and made manifest in infinite ways.

A GRAMMY on my shelf would be nice one day, but that coveted piece of gold should be put in its proper place. For now and always, I will continue to work for a reward that will not collect dust, cannot be damaged, destroyed or disputed. A reward so great that it lasts for eternity, a reward that declares God's magnificence and moves the heart of the Author of Music. What better way to use the gift?

... Coming from Psalm 20

Thanks for reading, Peace


  1. My aim had always been to be an Academy Award winning actress. Through the years I have discovered that nothing is possiable without the help and glory of God. My dreams now consist of me aligning myself with the plan God has for me. I understand what my dreams are and I feel that giving all the glory to God before during and after any storms that maycome my way


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