One More Song For You
One of the questions I get a lot is what is it like singing in front of thousands of people? When you get up on stage and you just see faces all over the room. How does that feel? This is going to seem like the strangest answer, but I’m not really sure how it feels because when I get on stage, I am singing for about four or five people. I’ve been praying for them since the beginning of the concert.
We’re praying for families, we’re praying for people that aren’t saved yet that need to be. We’re praying for believers that are running or might be seeking God for something
Before we go on stage we have a devotional moment in front of the auditorium before people come in. We get into the Word together, sometimes in small groups, but the way it always ends is we walk through the chairs praying for people before they come. We’re praying for families, we’re praying for people that aren’t saved yet that need to be. We’re praying for believers that are running or might be seeking God for something, and while I’m walking through those chairs I’m praying for those people.
In the first two songs of the night I find my people. I’m always looking through the crowd. I’m always looking for someone who has their hands in the air. It’s like Jesus is right there standing next to them when they talk because I want to talk to that guy, but there’s also the person that looks like they got drug in there, right? It’s a person who looks like they came because they love somebody, “Okay, I’ll come.” It’s usually somebody’s husband and I’m always looking for that guy, the guy checking his watch, the guy looking around waiting for this to be over. I find about 3 or 4 people that night and for the rest of the night they’re who I’m talking to. Every time.
I don’t know how to talk to a crowd but I know how to talk to people. So when I give the story about “Voice of Truth,” it’s the same story that night – but not every night because now I’m telling it to that guy, right? So through the night I’m trying to share the gospel in every way possible because I want to see that man love his family, and be closer to Jesus when he leaves.
I’m looking at this piano in my living room and I remember the songs that have come from moments with just me and Jesus sitting at this piano.
So how’s it feel when I’m writing songs? The exact same way. The things that I’m writing are coming out of what I’m teaching at my church, when I’m pouring out to teenagers at my church; but every time I sit down at the piano, I’m looking at this piano in my living room and I remember the songs that have come from moments with just me and Jesus sitting at this piano. I’m not a really good piano player – I probably only play four or five chords, just enough to write, so I can get it to Megan and she can make it sound good, right? – but while I’m sitting there I’m remembering songs like “East to West” and “Voice of Truth” and all these moments where it was just me and Jesus and usually one person on my mind while I’m writing.
The win for me is one person taking a little step closer to Jesus then they were when they got there. Someone looking up when they weren’t before.
I was sitting down to start the record and this song was one of the first to come to mind. I was like, “Lord, why am I writing this song? Does the world really even need another song? Is there room for another four minutes of music and message in this world? How do I know that it’s worth doing this? What is the ‘win’ in this?” The win for me is one person taking a little step closer to Jesus then they were when they got there. Someone looking up when they weren’t before. That is my goal. That’s a win you don’t always get to see, because that’s a win that only Jesus can make happen, right? There’s so many times when God pushes us into something where we serve him or we share our story or we start a ministry and the fruit doesn’t bloom right there; but our job was never to bring fruit, our job is to know him and make him known.
Where are the people around you right now that only you can get to? Are you seeing your purpose there?
Every time I write one of those songs, I write from my broken places. I sing to people that are real about situations that are real and I ask God to do something that only He can do. As long as I’m in the church, I’ll have something to say. I’ve never come to a record and thought “What’re we going to talk about?” When I come to a record, it’s “How am I going to get all of this into these songs?” because this is real. These aren’t thematic little spiritual thoughts. People are hurting, they need hope, they need to be challenged, and this song isn’t going to get to all of them. So my question to you is, where are the people around you right now that only you can get to? Are you seeing your purpose there? Are you realizing that the job you have might be just so you can work with that person in that moment? Just like this song is for you.