As I approach graduation, I have been thinking a lot about how I measure success. As a growing Christian Artist, Songwriter, Worship Leader, and Conference Founder, I have a ton of dreams and goals! I love always imagining what God might be doing around the corner. I have an optimistic personality, which is great because if I did not, I would not be able to handle the calling that the Lord has placed on my life. However, I also have to think realistically and logically as I seek God’s direction and make decisions for the future.
As an Artist, I have been growing, I have my mission, and I have my platform. I know without a shadow of a doubt now who I am and who I am supposed witness to. One of my dreams has been to be on a label. There are two that I am quite fond of and would love to be apart of, but as I grow older I am constantly checking my heart. Recently, I realized that I have been measuring my success as an artist as to whether or not I get on a label. I want to be real with all of you because that is what a blog should be, the truth. Labels are not bad, they can be very helpful to get the message of Jesus out, but I have been pondering what life would be like if I never achieve this goal. To be honest, life would not look bad. I have a conference ministry that I feel is about to take off, not to mention that is my audience to whom I am writing and recording for, I have an amazing internship at Biltmore Baptist Church in my home state, North Carolina, and I am a daughter of King Jesus. Before the Lord can allow me to tell millions of young women that they need to have their identities in Christ, He is hitting me in every way to make sure that I truly believe that myself. Getting signed to a label might be God’s best, but it might not be. When I measure success with a certain number of likes, a label, etc. I miss the whole point of living. I am not on this earth to make my name known, I am on this earth to make Jesus’ name known! He created me and knows how He can use me the best for His kingdom purposes. Matthew 6:33 says, But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Today, I want to challenge you to think about this life math equation (It is Pi Day anyway) what does success = in your life? Is there something that you think achieving will help you “arrive?” Is there a job title, or a marital status, or an award that you believe equals success? I want to encourage you to do what I am doing, and to lay the weight of this “good thing” and run towards the cross and away from the things of this world that want to define us. I am successful by being the best me that God created me to be! I will make mistakes, and I will fall short daily, but I am successful when I love Jesus and embrace my identity as His daughter and His servant!