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(c.) 2008 Jeremy Jongejan
[Vocals/Guitar/Drums: Jeremy Jongejan // Bass/B-3: Cory Kent]
This is a song that my brother-in-law, Jeremy Jongejan, wrote a while back. Though he had most of the song written before we’d tracked this version, we collaborated on the chorus (“this I know… I am free“) and the arrangement (introduction of some subtle B-3 and percussion). We both picture this song underscoring the closing scene of a movie as the credits begin to roll. Some day. : )
Jeremy is an amazing musician, solid believer, and great friend. I look forward to working with him on future projects! ck
(c.) 2008 CoryKentMusic
In August of 2007, I was worshiping at an Integrity Music ‘Seminars 4 Worship’ conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. The preceding days had been insightful, encouraging…and overwhelming. In a worship moment, it was as if everything external faded away, and I heard the Lord say, “I want you to see Me great this year“. I understood that I needed to see Him with the eyes of faith, expecting to thrive in situations where I would NEED to see Him great. On the way home from the conference I began to sing this chorus- almost exactly as it remains today. It took until January 2008 to finish it in time to share a message of the same title to my church, where I am on staff as Assistant Pastor, Music Director, and Production Coordinator. The song has become an anthem for our team. It has become a part of the language of our church. Every time we sing this song in our church, I can’t help but hear the sound of multitudes declaring His greatness over their situations and circumstances. “You are greater, than the mountains I see…”
Me: “You should eat some breakfast”.
Oliver: “I don’t want to eat- my tummy hurts!”
Me: “It hurts because you’re hungry.”
Oliver: “No, Dad… you just don’t understand.”
How many of our roadblocks are created by our own ideals?
It perplexes me how the projects that bring me the greatest sense of fulfillment are often the projects I procrastinate the most. Do you know what I mean? It’s like something in my head says, “you don’t really have the energy to launch into this right now“, or “wait until you are inspired- then it will be better“, or “I’m not going to start that right now, because I might not be able to finish it today“.
But what if I had? What if, six months ago, I started a series of micro steps and stuck with them, little by little? What if I sat down each time with the intention of “just writing a bridge for that song fragment” or “just entering in this stack of receipts from last month.“
In my life, I’m finding that the key to productivity is MOMENTUM. The momentum I need is often found just beyond the mountain called COMMITMENT.
Excuse the simplicity of this point, but the more than half the battle to accomplishing a project is starting the project. Remember, the Israelite priests had to put their feet into a flood-staged Jordan River before God allowed them to cross into the Promised Land. (Joshua 3:16). They could have just as easily stayed, yearning for the Promised Land.
So maybe the equation looks like this:
[commitment to bite-sized task] + progress = momentum to accomplishment.
What could make a better first blog post than a few thoughts about ‘self-promotion’?
Anywhere you read about [artists, media, production, social networking, etc], virtually all of the “curriculum” involves SELF-PROMOTION. “Sell More”, “Be Heard”, “Make Fans”. “Increase hits”… Whether it’s because the music industry has changed, or because anyone with an internet connection can spread whatever they want to spread (case in point), it seems that there are two groups of people:
1.) those who are producing great world-changing art, and
2.) those who are obsessed with self-promotion.
“Over the past few years, I have heard many stories from those I would consider ‘accomplished’ in their field of expression and influence. And I am encouraged to find- time after time- their stories resonate a timeless biblical truth:
God promotes the faithful who care more about Him than themselves.
Read about Geron Davis’ song “Holy Ground” (credit given to author Dan Keen- full article here)
“…There is the example of composer Geron Davis whose song “Holy Ground” is a well-known staple in church music. Geron’s motive for writing the song in 1984 was to serve his Dad, a pastor who needed a song to christen a new church building. Davis wrote the song for his Dad and it served his church well. Over time it resonated with many, many churches becoming one of the most performed songs in the CCLI survey of churches.
Davis’ publisher, Meadowgreen Music, was very active is seeking recordings of the song but for unknown reasons no major Christian label artist happened to record the song. It still continued to increase in usefulness to the church body. One such usage occurred ten years later in 1994 at the funeral of then President, Bill Clinton’s mother in Arkansas. A local church singer sang, “Holy Ground” and in the audience of sympathizers was none other than Barbra Streisand. Streisand had an epiphany that day and went on to record a spiritual project. As the cornerstone of the project, she recorded – you guessed it! – “Holy Ground”. So, Davis’ song went from the status of having no major recordings into the repertoire of an American musical icon!”
At an Integrity Music Seminars4 Worship Conference, I was encouraged to hear worship artist Michael Neale share his personal story about desiring to see his songs to “be heard”. He said the Lord encouraged him with the following:
“You keep writing songs for the King, and when the time is right, He will bring them to the Kingdom to be heard” (paraphrased)
I could go on and on, but the takeaway is this:
There is profound opportunity- right where you are today- to be diligent at what you do for no more motivation than to honor God and honor those He’s called you to solve problems for. With this heart, God can trust and promote you to the next level of resources, influence and creativity.