Nothing brings me joy like the opportunity to share hope—whether it’s on stage at a church somewhere in the Midwest or behind bars at a local prison. Sometimes even right here on this blog, someone going through an intense, personal challenge might “accidentally” stumble across something that ends up giving them a glimpse of hope. Amazing.
I’ve lived in Nashville for just over 20 years, and have seen the rise and fall of many people’s dreams. I’ve studied the entertainment industry and how it works (and doesn’t). I’ve gone after my own dreams and have been met with both incredulous silence and incredible success. I’ve had my songs find audiences all over the world, I’ve acted on national television and in a handful of movies. I’ve had my writing published in dozens of magazines and online sites, and have written several books (some for others, and a couple for myself!). And I get to travel around the country delivering messages of hope at live events with my speaking and music.
I’m learning that it’s not my job to determine how people are going to respond to what I do, but to be faithful to creatively and courageously communicating hope to the world around me. Sometimes it’s through a written blog post, but it might be a video I find, or a song I write. Sometimes it’s just with a smile across the counter at a stranger working hard to serve others. The possibilities are endless—that’s why I’m going to keep exploring, looking for hope. And then living it.
And I’ll probably be doing it while drinking a cup of coffee, and wondering if the Minnesota Twins might be able to come up with a winning season this year.