Reply To: Greetings, Brothers
Hope you don’t mind a sister sharing on this thread…I’m new to DJ’ing and music producing (I’ll post a separate thread introducing myself), but coming from a background as a singer I completely understand where you’re coming from, and have seen many fall into the “worship vs. performance” trap. It’s something I also struggle with frequently.
The only thing I can say is focus on God with all your heart. Trite, I know, but it’s the truth. If God has put you on this path, it’s because he wants his word to get out through your music. God sent men to preach before the kings and rulers of this age in the first century, why can’t he use your music to do the same?
Here’s what helps me (when I have my focus on straight…)
1) Remember that God is the one in control of your career, not you. My DJ name is DJ Sammla, which is a ‘loose’ acronym of the end of Psalm 27:6 — Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. (I added ‘Almighty’ to the end of the acronym to make it a more pronounceable name.) I’ll get into this in more detail in my own introduction post, but for now I’ll just move on to #2:
2) Pray for *every* *single* aspect of your career. I’ve prayed before every audition I’ve ever had and before (almost) every gig I’ve ever accepted. The few gigs I’ve ever accepted without praying about it first were the only gigs I’ve ever been fired from. I seriously doubt that’s a coincidence.
God may want you to play before stadiums packed with thousands of people. He might not want you to do any more than play for your church so they have an alternative to the world’s idea of what good music is. But it’s *his* plan, not ours. If you keep that in mind as much as possible, he’ll get the glory and you’ll be just fine.
Hope this helps!