Springtime is upon us and many artists/musicians are preparing for touring season. The tour buses, vans and RVs that sat idle throughout January and February begin rolling again. Many musicians are filled with anticipation for the experiences the new touring year will bring. New gear, new show, new music and oftentimes new touring mates.

As you begin the new touring year, I’d like to encourage you to think about the simple two letter word BE. Who are you going to BE to the folks you encounter this year? What kind of experience do you want to create for your bandmates, the road crew and the drivers you will be traveling with? How about the folks who work the venues along the way? And let’s not forget about those fans who buy tickets to your shows making it possible for you to earn a living making music. BE-ing takes a little forethought. Try thinking about the experience you will create for others as opposed to the experience they will create for you. How will you BE to others based on how Jesus teaches us to BE.

This year try replacing “me” with BE!

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 ESV