Do It With All Diligence!
What has GOD anointed you to do? Can you see the vision? Or is it so big that your concern about the resources needed to bring it to pass has delayed it?
For me, the vision was the desire to create a CD that will combine beautiful and uplifting melodies with biblical promises and powerful words of affirmation. Studies suggests that certain melodies can figuratively transport someone out of despair to a place of joy, peace and tranquility. Some music even has the capacity to energize and restore confidence just by the cadence and combination of notes.
According to the American Music Therapy Association, (AMTA), music can diminish physical and emotional pain, decrease stress and can facilitate empowerment. With the understanding that people have an innate responsiveness to music, research has also shown that music with a strong beat can stimulate brain waves and provide an overall sense of wellbeing. Music can also help to bring meaningfulness and pleasure to delight the spirit. Like the soothing sound of cascading water trickling over rocks in a stream, one’s mood can be influenced and sustained by sound.
What would make this CD unique and gratifying is the added element of the prayer declaration. Positive self-talk derived from GOD’S unbreakable promises found in scripture coupled with glorious music is the engaging combination to achieve a satisfying aesthetic in the mind, body and soul of the listener. When completed this CD could serve to ignite blissful feelings full of hope, encouragement and faith in GOD.
But, as is the case with many people the fear of failure kept this project on the back burner. Rather than counting the cost and then making a strategic plan to get it done, my thoughts centered on what I lack. Instead of seeking GOD for direction, I had my reasons or should I say excuses for delay. Afraid of taking a big risk, I wanted guaranteed steps to ensure my success.
One Sunday morning during worship service, I heard Bishop Walker preach that if it’s GOD’S will it’s GOD’S bill! That catchy phrase leaped in my spirit that I no longer fret about finances and divine connections to complete this task. I commit my plans to GOD who will cause them to succeed. This was the inspiration I needed to start the process.
The first step for me was to pray about it. For effective prayer, this direct communication with GOD had to be asked in absolute faith for guidance, inspiration and provision. Thus, my faith is what moves the hand of GOD on my behalf. The Message Bible puts it this way, “If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.” James 1: 5-8
Next, I had to gather information. It was important to consult experts as musicians, producers, studio owners, sound and digital production, graphic artist, etc., I needed price quotes and a production time line to understand the process. For this particular Declaration CD, I will supply the words and most of the vocals. Registration of the music and declarations for copyright purposes also fall within my scope of responsibilities. However, everything now seems less daunting because everything has been committed to GOD.
The third step is for me to seek funding through sponsorships. Utilizing public forums, I created a sample track that will appear on the finished product and posted it on GodTube, YouTube and Vimeo. I used Facebook to alert my contacts of the upcoming CD and received over 250 views within the first three days. While there may be haters who may wish to kill the dream, there are far more positive people who are praying for and actually contributing to its success.
Confident that the right people are now on my team, I am encouraged to finish this task. The door is open to publish and promote this wonderful collaboration. If like me, you need to complete a task, I encourage you to say yes to the vision GOD has given you. Whatever your task, don’t let fear derail it. Do it with all diligence and the assurance that GOD will indeed bless your efforts abundantly above all you can ask!