I have not watched American Idol at all this season so far. I used to be into watching the auditions just for a laugh. The crazy, amazing, and frustrating thing about this show and people in general is that the ones who are auditioning always think they are “IT.” This isn’t just on American Idol though…these people are singing at churches all over the United States.
I mean seriously, have you ever watched American Idol. Millions of individuals try out for this gig every year and get turned away. Thousands of singers get put on national television and look like complete idiots. Now, the really sad part is when most of these “singers” are told NO they get upset and tell the camera (America), “they don’t know what they are doing. I am amazing, I have been singing for forever…. blah blah blah blah blah…” Seriously? I know while you’re reading this you’re picturing that contestant…. storming out, crying, telling them to get that ________ (BLEEP) camera out of their face. Why do they act this way? Because they don’t realize they SUCK! Their mommy always told them how great they were and were never honest (or they are just deaf!)
Here is where I want to speak to the “Christian” musicians/singers. I cannot tell you how hard it is to be the guy who has to tell you you’re not good enough to play. It is even harder when what you’re trying out for is the “worship team.” I understand that you want to serve God through your talents, but if you cannot sing or play a note…that is not your talent. Yes, you can take lessons and after years and years of lessons you may have what it takes, but trust us/me (worship leaders) when we tell you it’s not your thing. Think of it this way: it isn’t like we wouldn’t want MORE volunteers to jump in and play/sing! We need all we can get, trust me! So when we say NO to you, it’s not like we are happy about it…we want you to be good just as much as you do!
When I first started playing guitar I know I sucked. I could hardly play “you are my sunshine” and “Feliz Navidad”(SP) (if you play guitar you know there are only 4 chords in these songs, and I cheated on the G). Funny thing now that I think about it, there are only about 4 chords in every song…I’m smart I know…
To encourage those of you who may still think you have what it takes to make it big, well then go for it…but don’t cry if it doesn’t work out. God has a perfect plan/will for everyone, so just because being famous and a world renown musician is your dream for you doesn’t mean that Jesus is down with it. Trust me, I speak from experience.
After I graduated high school I played drums full-time in a band for 2 years, recorded a record, played on TV, opened for national acts and we went… NO WHERE! Then I played started a band and played in it for 3 years, traveled a good bit, played hundreds of gigs, recorded a record, and we went NO WHERE! It was hard to accept the facts. It was hard for me to pray to God and say, “God if this isn’t what you want for me, please close the door.” Because I didn’t want Him to. I felt like God wanted me to succeed in the music industry. I have come to the conclusion that if God wants it to happen, He will open the right avenues for me to cruise down. This doesn’t mean I stand idly by while He does all the work, but this does mean that I can’t make it happen on my own.
The older I get, the more that my goals and dreams start to change. Sure, it would be fun to travel around the world and play music and get paid in the process. I love to travel and there are a ton of places that my wife and I still want to go, but I don’t think it’s going to be through a musical avenue. We are just going to have to save up the cash and do it ourselves (unless someone wants to hire me to play at a conference/event… in which you can contact email@example.com thanks!)
John Piper really sums this post and our lives up in this great quote, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”