See things the way God sees them.
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This article was inspired by our single "Higher". You can listen to the song below.
It's the difference between seeing a deer...as either dinner, or a beast to be feared and respected.
Perspective is the way you view the world. It’s the difference between seeing a deer in the woods and thinking of it as either dinner, or a beast to be feared and respected. Last year, I saw God consistently shift my perspective on everything. He left no stone unturned, though I do wish there were some things He would have left alone, such as my insecurities about my skin and trying to find my voice as a singer. Don’t even get me started on learning the piano. Add a global pandemic, multiple deaths in the family, and stepping down from leadership at my church to be a full time independent musician, and you have all the ingredients necessary for a mental break with no return to sanity in sight.
But somehow, I didn’t break.
My mind bent into positions that I didn’t think were possible. I know without a shadow of a doubt that it was God’s grace and mercy that carried me through. He kept me from living in fear and inspired me to lift others out of their personal pits of despair. I believe that I’ve been made better this year because of His constant call to see things from His vantage point. To see higher. As I look to the future I realize that I have a choice.
I can keep the mindset God has shaped in me during this 2020.
I can be open to new upgrades for the rest of my life.
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The end of the year always leads to a time of introspection for me, and right after Christmas, I usually get very anxious about what the New Year will look like and how I can grow. This time around, my introspective sessions have been a little more hopeful than ones past, but are largely plagued by fear surrounding the future. Especially as a new, independent artist. In the midst of this fear is a heightened anxiety. We wonder if we will be able to do any public gigs safely. Or ever again (we may be stuck inside performing virtually for God knows how long).
We wonder if we can figure out how to get social media algorithms and technology to work for us so we can boost our income, or if these challenges will crush our desire to create. The temptation to just survive (aka “get a REAL job” as some may say) is very real, especially since our brains are wired to pursue it, at all costs.
He wants us to thrive in the most challenging circumstances.
But abandoning the joy that comes from living a whole, purpose filled life is too high a price to pay, even in the midst of the struggles. Survival is not what Jesus died for us to do. He came so that we could live an abundant life (John 10:10). Not a pointless existence where we just ‘get by’ on the bare minimum, in fear of our joy being stolen and our hope being destroyed. He wants us to create without fear of the future. He wants us thrive in the most challenging circumstances. He wants us go higher!
The question is...do you?
What has you tethered to the ground? What’s shackling your faith? What’s barring you from honing your craft and being God’s version of yourself?
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There is a summit of creativity where God is the wellspring, the air is crisp, and you are free to be who He made you to be. I’m ready to go higher.
How about you?
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