I've always had a desire to pour into people in some way outside of music.  This website gives me the perfect outlet to do it.  Over the past year, I've had a tremendous surge in my music ministry.  Since last August, I have never had an empty calendar.  Whenever my calendar starts to get empty, new opportunities always come.  Many people ask me, "How did you start getting all of this exposure?"  My reply is simple, "A decision to do it"  I, like many others, was waiting on other people to give me that big break.  I began to realize that the people that I was depending on were looking for breaks themselves.  There were even some that had good intentions of helping me and some did to an extent.  When I realized that I was responsible for my destiny, my perspective of everything changed.  Family, pastors, friends, other professionals, all these people have a desire to see you succeed in fulfilling you destiny, but it's not there sole responsibility.  I have a wonderful pastor who has for years preached on finding and fulfilling your destiny.  Although he is very supportive, he has his own destiny to fulfill.  So like I said earlier, I made a decision.  Instead of waiting for the "big names" to call me, I began to use the people and resources around me.  I looked in the papers and web for functions that were happening in my area and asked if I could be apart of them.  I asked other pastors that I know if I could share in their morning services or special programs.  I became "visible and availaable".

Those are things that anyone can do however you should still want God to bless all you do.

1. Stay humble.  No one like people that are always bragging on themselves. God says when you are humble, you are free from pride and arrogance. You know that in your flesh you are inadequate, yet you also know who you are in Christ.  Personally, I've noticed people that brag on themselves, especially musicians, aren't that good anyway.  It's not about you!  If your gift/ministry is not meeting the needs of others, then all of your work is in vain.  Your talent isn't a gift to you. He entrusted it to you to bless others with it.

2. Submit your gift.  Everyone should have a spiritual covering.  A good friend of mine, Merlon Devine, is a gospel/jazz saxophonist who travels weekly across the country.  However, he and his family are still members of a local church where he SERVES.  I believe that one of the main reasons God has blessed me is because of my faithfulness to my local church.  Do I perform my own music on a regular basis  My mission at my church isn't to promote myself, it's to promote the Kingdom.  You will NEVER have an effective national or worldwide ministry if your not able to bless you local congregation.  God will always reward your faithfulness.

3. Submit yourself.  Romans 12:1-I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  God is looking for yielded vessels he can use. You have to have a heart for ministry and meeting others needs. There are a lot of people who you may see prospering that you know do not have things right with God.  Don't be decieved by this.  Psalms 37:1-2 1Don't bother your head with braggarts or wish you could succeed like the wicked. 2 In no time they'll shrivel like grass clippings and wilt. like cut flowers in the sun.  ..and you never know, God might be working on them also.

4. Never measure yourself by the success of others.  You will always find yourself frustrated doing this.  Take your gift and use it to the best of your ability. There is no one on this Earth that can do a better job at being you.  God made you to be you, not anyone else.  Take what you have and maximize it!

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