A few weeks ago I had the chance to sit down with a band that was coming through my hometown as part of their Western Canadian tour. We met for coffee one evening at a local coffee shop and talked about music and touring.
Where these guys have been doing this for several years, Mere Messengers are still fairly new to this, and I wanted to get some advice and ideas from them about how to approach the things we plan to do in the next couple of years. In particular, I was interested in hearing about how they made the jump from being a local band to being a touring band.
The band's guitar player said something during our conversation that I think was pretty insightful. What he said was something to the effect of "God rewards those who take risks for Him and His church." I immediately thought of several times that I've seen that happen to people around me. Insightful, but also a bit of a challenge for me.
You see, if you're like me and inclined to have what I think of as realistic outlook (I know, most other people call it pessimistic), that's a pretty challenging thing to take in. I can give you a half dozen reasons off the top of my head why it would be a bad idea for me to give up my job, buy a van, kiss my wife and kids good-bye, and head out across Canada for a couple of months to tour, even if the purpose is to spread the good news. Now, I don't mean to imply that no one should do this. If God has given you the talent and the drive and the desire and t resources to do that, by all means, do it! What are you waiting for?
Me, though, I have to work through some other things I need to consider. Like one of my kids is going to start University next year, and the other wants to switch from her current public school to a private school. So, would it be prudent of me to give up my current day job paycheck to do something that would cost me money out of pocket in order to try and bring my songs to a wider audience?
I can even quote you some scripture about how I have a responsibility to provide for my family and to be a good financial steward of the blessings I have received. Like 1 Timothy 5:8: "But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." That seems pretty cut and dried.
But then there is the parable of the talents. Go ahead and ask me which of the three servants am I living my life as. I ask myself the same thing. Often.
Right now we are spending time making plans for next year, setting goals and trying to decide what we want to (and will be able to) accomplish. There's a lot to take in, a lot to discuss, and a lot to consider, both financially and time-wise. And, as always, there's a lot to pray about too.
It will be interesting to see where this journey takes us.