I can hardly believe it! On October 9, 2023, I turned 62, and now I am eligible for social security checks and restaurant senior discounts. As I reflect on my life so far, there are some things I wish I could have done differently and have some regrets, but there were also times when everything went according to plan.
The events of the past are now behind us. As I contemplate my life, I realize that maybe everything happened for a reason. Sometimes, we must go through struggles to grow and become stronger.
Nevertheless, it is also essential to cherish the moments of happiness and contentment. Putting our faith in God is crucial for leading a fulfilling life.
One of my songs contains a line of lyrics which says:
“I'm movin' on up to the higher call to play in the Gospel band.”
The song is titled "I Grew Up In the Church." It talks about my upbringing in the church which played a crucial role in shaping my faith. The lyric that I referenced from the song signifies the hope of praising God in heaven someday.
As Paul says in Philippians 3:14-16: (New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB1995)
"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;
however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained."
For the full context of the quote, check the 3rd chapter of Philippians.
My music ministry did not turn out the way I envisioned. I had hoped for a career like Keith Green or Phil Keaggy, who have influenced me the most.
Most of my musical activities involve playing on the praise team at my church, leading the Wednesday night prayer service in song (when I'm available), and occasionally performing solo concerts in the region.
Having a local music ministry can still bring joy. It's not necessary for everyone to become a famous national touring artist. God calls us to be faithful to Him, and if that means a worldwide ministry, that's amazing. But if it means a local or regional ministry, that's equally amazing!
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May God bless you all,