Quotable: Rich Mullins
If you want to talk about ‘great music,’ there was enough great music written by the time Bach died that none of us ever needed to pick up a pen and write a note. You don’t write because the world has need of your music; you write because you have a need to make order, to organize things. If you’re a musician you express that very human, very common need by making music. If you’re a baker, you do it by making bread. It’s all the same goodness, it just expresses itself in different areas.
– an excerpt from an interview Mullins did with Chris Coppernoll in 1998 (much more at http://kidbrothers.net, which has a ton of interviews, concert reviews, and features on the late Christian artists, as well as articles he wrote for Release Magazine in the 1990s).
The reason I mention this quote was a conversation I had with a pastor from my church yesterday.
Mullins’ comment was in the context of his reply to Coppernoll’s question about writing his most well-known song, Awesome God. Mullins’ response suggested a rather ho-hum genesis for the song, and led into a brief discussion of the nature of work and what we humans are created to do.
Why do anything, really?
Do you require a hand and arm pointing from heaven in a specific direction, leading you to the right thing? Or, do you just do something, and trust that God will guide you in your decisions?
The church has argued about that forever, it seems. I know I’ve wrestled with it in many ways.
I’ve wondered about this blog…and whether I could just do as I did and start writing, or if I should have waited for a giant divine hand from heaven to appear (or the Spirit’s inner prompting).
Always, Jesus is Lord, over everything in a Christian’s life. That should be nonnegotiable.
Sometimes, it is imperative to seek the will of God in a manner, knowing He could choose to speak directly and clearly to your heart and mind, or choose to allow you to make your best decision.
Sometimes, perhaps it’s not necessary to ask God to reveal Himself; if you are a singer, you sing. If you are a chef, you prepare food. If you are a writer, you write.
He gives some the gift of writing, and some the gift of music, and some the gift of making money, and some the gift of empathy…so we blog, and sing at the coffee shop, and earn money that we give to the church or a ministry, and we care for people on the scene of a major accident.
We may never do anything ‘great’ in the world nor the evangelical church, but as we work, give, serve, play, love our families, help our neighbors, serve those who have nothing to give in return…we as Christians perhaps worship our Lord. He gave us those gifts, and we freely bless others with them.
I blog, with or without an audience, because I have a need to write, to make order out of ideas in my mind. And in all that I worship my God.