I recently read an article from a successful songwriter that spoke that his success came to him through luck and following his heart. He wrote it from a non-believer perspective and I wanted to spend a moment analyzing these thoughts.
Let’s get luck out of the way: I’ve always thought that luck is preparation meets opportunity. Enough said?
I am one of those people who believe that everything in the world is created or allowed by God and all people are his children, whether they know it or not. I don’t spend my time judging others for not following Christ but rather look for how Christ is acting in other people’s lives even if they’re not acknowledging Him.
This songwriter began with a quote from an Indian mystic speaking of being still and listening through the quiet and being led by your inner voice. I immediately thought of that small-still quiet voice that we as Christians acknowledge is God acting within us. This is an example of how God has infiltrated many spiritual beliefs in this world and written His name on their hearts.
The writer goes on to say how important it is for us to learn to listen to this inner voice and then lead from the heart. He says that nurturing and developing how to hear your heart is the key in learning to trust decisions, sometimes seemingly crazy, made by it. This reminds me so much of my personal connection with the Father and how important my daily quiet time is in getting to know Him and nurturing the call He has on my life.
Taking action on this leading from the heart is how this songwriter has learned to navigate the music industry. He states that over the years he has become encouraged to take action according to this intuition. It’s like “making a deal with Creativity itself”, he says. The more he has trusted his heart, the more his heart has trusted him and further opened the lines of communication with him.
In Matthew 8, we read Jesus telling us that we need to knock, to seek and ask the Father. In verse 9, Jesus says: “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
We know through the study of the word that God is not a genie in a lamp, and that he just doesn’t dole out gifts due to our whimsy, but rather He gives us what we truly need in His timing. He gives us the desires of our hearts as it aligns with His will for our lives.
If the will of the Father is that I am to be a songwriter then He will give me the tools that I need according to His will and according to His timetable. The Father already knows who I am and what I need, but Jesus tells us that we need to continually knock at His door and petition Him and to continually ask. I need to continually ask and to listen to that still-quiet voice and to nurture my relationship with the Father so I am in tune with His will! I need to constantly seek God’s counsel so I can commune with Him and so I can remove some of the silly requests that no longer make sense, or to try and understand a changing landscape.
I need to spend time with Him to understand the type of songwriter that I discover that I am to become. The pressures and other responsibilities in my world need to find balance with how I am called, but the main consideration in life is that I am reveling in the call that God has placed on my heart.