Show Air date: April 25, 2010
Show Title: Faith Walk
Today I want to talk to all of my aspiring artist that are listening, all of my authors, poets, singers, musicians, actors, and so on. It’s something within you that is dying to get out and that’s your craft. That thing is so alive in you that often you find yourself in a position of not wanting to do anything but sing, dance, write, and be on stage. But the reality of things tends to hold you back.
I’m speaking from personal experience when I say that the reality of having bills and a family to take care of tends to hold so many great people back from following their dreams. The reality of a publishing house or literary agent many not think as highly of your manuscript as you do has kept you from submitting your work to be published. Or that the reality that the listening audience may not feel the soul behind your voice keeps you from singing with your church choir or auditioning for a local group. Yes, these things are real but that is a higher calling that has ordered your steps in that craft and that supports you more than even your family. And I’m talking about God.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;
To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.
It’s the next part of that scripture that is a true blessing.
Then he went on his journey.
That journey is what I want to talk to you about today.
Faith is the key to walking into your craft. Yes, you will encounter people who believe that you are not good enough. You will still have to face everyday life as a husband, parent, and in most situations and employee in someone else’s company while you pursue your dream. But the thing is it’s a faith walk. You will have to walk through some mess that may make you want to give up. But God wouldn’t have given you that gift if He didn’t think that you could handle all that come with it.
But what is faith?
Hebrews 11:1 describes faith as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. In a conversation with one of my mentors back in college, he broke that scripture down like this for me and some of my covenant brothers. In reference to that some scripture, he said “Cookie dough are the substance of cookies yet to come and the evidence of cookies not yet baked.
Take that same scripture and apply it to your craft. As an author, your manuscript is the substance of a book hoped for and the evidence of a bestseller yet to come.
Rev. Kenneth Hagin said that faith is hope deferred.
But having faith is not enough. In James 2:20 say “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead”
You can sit on your couch all day long dreaming of how things are going to be when you get your record deal or catch your big break on the silver screen. But if you don’t get up and go to the next audition or get in the studio and crank out that demo, that’s all that they’re going to be, dreams. If you don’t pick up that pen and start writing that manuscript your name may never make the bestseller list.
For all of my bible scholars, look at the story of Abraham and Isaac. Abraham had waited all of his life to have a child by his wife, Sarah. He’s had Ishmael by his wife’s maid but that wasn’t the plan God had for him. Eventually, he and Sarah had Isaac after they were both well beyond that age of parenting by today’s standards. But after he was born, God but Abraham’s faith to the test and asked that he sacrifice Isaac. In the Old Testament they offered blood sacrifices and God called for Isaac to be the next sacrifice. Out of faith and obedience, Abraham took a two day journey to offer up his child. And when God saw were Abraham’s faith lie, He shifted things and provide a ram in the bush. Now that’s faith in action.
Take a page from the story of Abraham and Isaac and put faith to work today in your life and walk.
Until next time, Peace!