I’ve been writing songs for about 10 years now and was recently reflecting on how songwriting has helped me grow as a person. I’ve learned so much about myself and my relationship with God through writing over the years. These are some of my takeaways!
Vulnerability is not only ok, it’s necessary! James 5:16 says “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
For me, vulnerability has always been difficult. I’m an introvert and have a hard time opening up to people. Songwriting has been a great way for me to share my struggles and victories with those around me. Though I may sometimes shy away from opening up to my fellow Christians face to face, I’m able to share my struggles through song. I’ve been blessed to see some of my songs help and encourage others since writing more about my struggles with anxiety. I would encourage you to be vulnerable as well, you never know who you could help through sharing your own struggles!
Perfection is not necessary! Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
We are made in the image of God. We should strive to do the best we can in whatever we do, but we can’t let fear hold us back. For me, I often fear that my songs aren’t good enough, that my voice isn’t pretty enough, that I’m not the right kind of person for the job. But often this fear is just Satan trying to keep me from ministering to others! God can use is wherever we are. If I’m struggling with fear and write a song about it, that song could help someone else in the same situation. I would encourage you to not let fear keep you from glorifying God with your talents.
Never underestimate what God can do. Matthew 19:26 says “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
There have been many times over the years when I’ve underestimated what God could do. I’ve arrived at a venue and been guilty of thinking that no one will respond or be encouraged by my music. Those places have ended up being some of the most amazing places I’ve had the privilege of sharing at. A couple of years ago I shared my story and music at a church that had no more than 20 people in attendance. I was almost discouraged, but then the congregation accepted me with open arms and I was able to share my story and encourage them. There’s nowhere that God can’t use you and your story to help others!
I hope that this blog has been helpful and encouraging to you! Never forget that God can use you no matter what – in any situation!