Sunday, August 14, 2016

When Someone Crushes Your Dream

“Don’t give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there who will try to discourage you. Don’t listen to them. The only one who can make you give up is yourself.” – Sidney Sheldon

Who has ever been glad later in their life that somebody blew up their dreams early on? The answer: Nobody.

There seems to be an overriding theory in the music industry that unless you are amazing and great (in their eyes) then there is no place for you. In fact, maybe it might be better if you just do music as a hobby, and quit muddying up the waters for everyone else. Go be a good spouse, parent, worker, and do your music in your own little world. God obviously didn’t call you to be a music professional.

Listen, if God isn’t calling you to be a music pro in the “music industry”, who the heck cares. Do what I did. If the industry says you don’t fit, build your own industry!

There’s one thing that is missing in this whole thing: a little word called ministry.


People ask me all the time, where is the talent line where you tell people they aren’t good enough to go out and minister in music. My answer is simple. There is no line.

“The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, 'Thus far and no farther.'“ - Ludwig van Beethoven

First of all, no one can tell you what God’s calling is for your life. Only you can know if God has called you to minister for Him. How you decide to do it may be based on how people react to what you are doing. You will know that you should do something if people like what you are doing. Likewise, you will be able to tell if you are not reaching people with something you are doing.

Second, your level of talent is not only a bad determining factor in how successful you will be in music ministry, it’s completely subjective. One industry person may not like your voice, but a lady may hear you on Facebook and break into tears, and your song may change her eternity! Where does talent fall in that equation? Put that in your pipe and smoke it music industry!

So, when someone tells you that you shouldn’t be doing this, for whatever reason they think is valid, remember this post. Remember that they can’t know what God has called you for, and that your talent isn’t the only thing that defines your ministry.

Don’t ever let your dreams be limited by man. Let God determine and inspire your aspirations, your goals, and your dreams.

“Expect while reaching for the stars, people to whirl by with their dark clouds and storm upon you.” ― Anthony Liccione

Have a great week,

EC

You wouldn’t be reading this blog if Eric Copeland listened to others and didn’t decide to start his own consulting production, and marketing company specifically for Christian music ministries. Ready to get started with your Christian music ministry? Click here!

3 comments:

Beth Matthew Music said...

Wow,this post seems directed right at my soul, Eric! Imagine others feel the same way when they red it. Thanks for your words of encouragement!

Beth Matthew Music said...

Read, not red. LOL 😄

Stephanie Oklam said...

I like the part where you said our songs can change someone's eternity..that is aa really my goal in going into this ministry..I'm so encouraged!!..come o come 2017!!#my breaking forth year