Livingwell Seed Co

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Thank God for Google!

     I think it’s fair to say, that it’s healthy to be skeptical, but even more healthy to be prayerful.  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.’ Here’s the cyber-age version: ‘if it sounds too good to be true, Google it.’

     I have been investing some time in pursing the next step in ministry in terms of where, when and how. I have a pretty good idea of what. Enter an artist management group through the Facebook post of a Facebook friend I’ve never met. It hasn’t cost me any money, and so far, I don’t think I’ve had any great tips, but what I have received is confirmation that I’m moving in the right direction.

     But a wise person sees danger ahead and hides from it. Others feel they have been burned by this group, perhaps by misinterpreting what they promise to do. The danger is I could spend time and money and not get much more than what I can do on my own. It would be nice to think that they mean what they say, and will really show me a way or even take some of the burden off doing it myself. But I think the better advice comes from a PR company who is promoting one of my Christmas songs. A song which, by the way, is being played all around the world this Christmas, but didn’t win in the Next Christmas Classic contest two years in a row and it may not even make the song of the year contest through fan votes on Indieheaven. I just don’t have enough fans. Some artists have huge churches where everyone will vote for them based on the hometown team concept. That still is not the case for me, but I do have more fans this year than last, and many of them are in other states and countries.

     Anyway, the advice from the PR company that really makes sense is: work it. Follow up on every lead with an email, and yes, maybe find a close friend who will do it for you. Well, that’s that. All my close friends who would know how to do what needs to be done are as busy as I am. I can’t think of one who wants to spend a few hours a week sending out emails and setting up campaigns, much less booking me for singing and speaking engagements.  

     But back to the bottom line: there is no shortcut and nobody else will do it for me. I have to take the steps, but God is quite able to reveal to me what those are.

     And maybe that’s the greatest message of all to a woman whose message is encouraging others to hear God and follow Him. We all want the shortcut: the planned program (sigh), the manual for model for do-it-yourself success. We want God to drop a million dollars from the sky (or the Lottery) so we can be free of our debts and just go do the great, glorious things. I do believe in miracles, and have seen them every day. But, I also believe that God is really interested in a long-term relationship where He is continually revealing Himself to us and through us. I believe He wants to reveal a glorious plan through the one who trembles at His word, dies daily to herself and just accepts the task at hand as the right one, practicing the discipline of thankfulness, sold out to hearing and doing; because she realizes there is no success she could desire apart from that.

Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table. (Proverbs 14:23, The Message)

 

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