Do you ever find yourself pumped up with pride when sharing your art with the world? Maybe you feel like your art is better than the art of your colleagues and certainly deserving of recognition and awards for its incredibleness? You aren’t alone as many creatives feel this way about their art. We want recognition for the art we create. Radio chart position, monthly streaming listeners, ticket sales and awards are some of the barometers we use to measure our artistic merit. While we may recognize our ego, we find it easy to justify because our art is special and deserving of recognition. I’ve heard some say artists are unique and and should be given extra grace for their ego. Interestingly, I have yet to find that anywhere in God’s word.
My wife has an acronym for the word ego, Easing God Out, which is exactly what happens when we begin feeling like the art we create is superior and deserving of recognition. Anyone ready to Ease God Out?
I’m excited to announce that I will be hosting a couple of workshops at the National Worship Leader Conference May 20-21 at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN. Should be a great conference including performances by The Belonging Co., The Gray Havens, Meredith Andrews, Audrey Assad, Sara Kroger and David Gungor. Speakers and panelists include Matt Maher, For King & Country and others. Use the code MUSICCITY when registering for a 30% discount. Hope to see you there!
Do you have someone in your life who you would consider an accountability partner? Someone who makes you aware of actions in your life that fall outside of the values and belief you profess to live. While God should be our primary accountability partner, it helps to have someone remind us of that fact when the voice of the world attempts to lead us astray.
Many think accountability is reserved for those with addictions or other life issues. That thought holds truth because we all have life issues whether we choose to admit it or not. Due to the fall of Adam & Eve, every single one of us battle with the flesh daily. Thankfully, God gives us the strength and wisdom to overcome the flesh.