Filed under: God, people, relationships | Tags: captain phillips, david herndon, God, god's love, jesus, john 15:9, lorde, protesters, romans 5:8, romans 6:23, self-esteem, somali pirates, westboro baptist church, zephania 3:17
So I saw this picture yesterday…
What caught my eye were the WBC protest signs. “God hates lukewarm Christians.” “God hates sluts.” “God is your enemy.” There were worse statements but I will not even give the courtesy of repeating them. At first I was angry with the protesters because this is not exactly good PR for Christianity. In the end, however, I found myself feeling sorry for them because this protest shows just how much they misunderstand Jesus.
God hates us?
God is our enemy?
Is that how God would describe himself?
Is that even a good evangelism tactic?
If God hates me for my sin, does he also hate you for your sin?
I find this rule often at work in the world. What people say about God is really a reflection of what they believe about themselves. For example, a man may say that God hates another person because he himself feels unloved, or worse…. unlovable. This belief will ultimately take shape in the way he views and treats others. Believing he is unloved leads to a life in which God’s love is neither received nor shared.
This man thinks he is just a fisherman.
I finally watched Captain Phillips last weekend (it was incredible). At one point near the end of the movie Captain Rich Phillips has a conversation with Muse, the Somali pirate leader. Throughout the movie Muse has struggled with inferiority and repeatedly made the statement that he is “just a fisherman.” He was never surprised when his plans failed to work out. He never really believed he could accomplish anything. He believed he was just a fisherman – not a real pirate. When Muse finally realizes that his latest plan will also fail he puts a gun to Rich’s head, and the captain says, “You are more than just a fisherman!”
And Muse puts down the gun. Its like that’s all he wanted to hear. He just wanted someone to believe in him, and in some very strange way that is what Captain Phillips was communicating to him. Despite all of his violence, hate, and anger Captain Phillips still saw potential in Muse.
“You are more than just a fisherman.”
It was as if for the first time in his life Muse realized he could be someone different, someone better. There is still hope for Muse.
As a full-time minister I have all kinds of conversations with people. People don’t think they can lead a small group because “I don’t read my bible enough.” People think they can’t participate in a mission trip because “I’m not generous enough.” People think struggles arise in their lives because “I’m not a godly person.” My least favorite is when people say something like, “I’m not a good person like you, David. You’re a professional Christian. I’m just a (insert occupation).” As if somehow your career determines your standing with God. Trust me – “professional” Christians are just as sinful as anyone else.
People often (and unfairly) think poorly of themselves, and so they just assume that God feels the same way. Somali pirate, Baptist protester, Pop-star, “professional” Christian – we all live life based on our beliefs about ourselves and about our God. These beliefs will ultimately take shape in how we view and treat others. If we believe we are unlovable, then we will live a life in which we neither receive nor share God’s love.
We’re missing out on something different, something better.
Let me be the first to say to you today, “You… are more than just a fisherman.”
There is still hope for the 17 year old pop-star and the WBC protester. There is still hope for the Somali pirates. There is still hope for the “professional” minister as well as for the accountants and lawyers. There is still hope for you. Zephaniah 3:17 says that God rejoices over you and takes delight in you. Romans says that we are indeed sinners, but God dies for us so that we don’t have to stay that way. Jesus personally says in John 15:9 that his love for us is the same as God’s love for him. There are no conditional clauses attached to these statements. These promises are not reserved for a select few.
God loves you. He delights in you. He pursues you. He sacrifices for you. He believes in you.
“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love (John 15:9).”
Jesus deserves every drop of God’s love. God sees perfection and hope in him. There is no shame, no condemnation. Only worthiness. And Jesus says that his love for you is the same. He believes you deserve every drop of His love, that you have perfection and hope in you. He has no desire to condemn you. He finds you worthy.
God calls us to believe we are loved because of the simple fact that we are. He sacrificed for us. He died for us. Does that sound like hate to you?
Don’t assume God hates you. Know that He loves you!
Most importantly, live your life out of that love.
Filed under: leadership, life, people, relationships | Tags: anger, appetite, christianity, contentment, david herndon, drunk driving, ephesians 4, fruits of the spirit, gossip, lust, news, people, relationships, self-control, sxsw, sxsw accident, time management, words, youth ministry
“Suspect in deadly SXSW crash charged with capital murder.” That was the headline I read on USA Today. I usually follow the SXSW headlines hoping to catch wind of a new band about to break or a new film I need to see. This story stopped me in my tracks. A drunk driver plowed through a crowd of festival attendees, killing three and injuring dozens more. How does this happen? How does a person get this out of control? More importantly how do I protect myself from losing control?
He can explain himself. He can justify it. He can make excuses. But it doesn’t matter. The damage is done and the headline is written.
Drunk driving through the crowd. Three people dead. That’s his headline for the rest of his life.
One more drink, one more TV episode, one more word in the argument. Our all-you-can-eat buffet and reality TV society even seems to encourage a lifestyle of losing control. Lack of self-control brings down our politicians and religious leaders. It takes the lives of our party-hard teens. It costs us our jobs. It hurts our friendships. It makes us the most obese country in the world. It passes around STD’s. It breaks up our families. It ruins our lives. Yet when life gets tough and we get frustrated, our instinct is to lose control.
Rough day? Have a few drinks.
Arguing with your spouse? Use a few expletives.
Feeling unhappy? Put it on the credit card.
We might not drunk-drive through the crowd, but when we lose self-control the results can be just as harmful.
Depending on the translation, the word “self-control” appears roughly 74 times in the Bible. Self-control is about social responsibility and personal holiness. Paul says it is a fruit of the Spirit – evidence of Christ at work in our lives. Self-control is the root of the Great Commandment. We express love to God by expressing love to others. Self-control is more than just new age self-improvement. Self-control is about caring for others by caring for yourself.
Self-control speaks more of our devotion to God’s kingdom than any other discipline in life.
Self-control is not just about refraining from (insert vice). Self-control is about being human. Self-control is about reflecting God’s image. Self-control is about thinking of others first. And since we really don’t have any control in life, its really about depending on the One who does.
We need self-control in our WORDS. Mike Foster wrote a fantastic article about refraining from gossip. You should definitely read his blog. Ephesians 4 further encourages us to think twice before we speak. There are many things we can say for many reasons, but the heart of the matter is why we are saying them. If your words are not beneficial for those who hear it (including yourself), then perhaps you should stay quiet.
We need self-control in our ANGER. The bible is clear (also Ephesians 4). Anger is not a sin, but what you do with your anger could be. Self-Control draws the line between reasonable frustration and savage brutality. Knocking the chair over now relieves stress, but later you have nowhere to rest. Yelling now feels good, but later no one is listening to you at all.
We need self-control in our LUST. Sexual sins carry bigger consequences because they are against your own body. Our society isn’t doing us any favors in this area, but when we objectify others for our personal pleasure we have failed humanity. We cheapen our own lives by devaluing others. If we cannot exhibit self-control in our own purity, we will certainly be a pollutant in others’ lives.
We need self-control in our APPETITE. One more drink, one more bite, one more dollar, one more rep, the newest car, the nicest restaurant – these things are not evil in themselves. But when we begin to love things and to pursue things with a majority of our time, energy, and passion we are in a dangerous place. Most likely the ones who get caught holding the check are those around us.
Finally, we need self-control in our TIME. On one hand we are a society of 80-hour-work-week execs, and on the other hand we are 24/7 gamers and Netflix autoplay. Rest too much and you’ll be constantly discontent. Work too much and you’ll never be satisfied. You will know when you find someone who lives the balance between work and rest. They are productive and successful and yet they still know how to enjoy life. They don’t have the most/best, but they have what they need… and are content with it. A one-dimensional schedule produces a one-dimensional life.
Perhaps the problems we have in our relationships are less about how others treat us and more about how we treat ourselves.
If we can have self-control in these 5 areas our faith, our families, our lives, and our world will be drastically better for it. We all have seasons of frustration, discontentment, loneliness. The temptation is to go a little crazy until you feel better. But God is not a God of extremes. He is a God of control and order, and He calls us to be people of control and order.
Self-control is about depending on God. Self-control is about loving others.
Without self-control we are just drunk driving through the crowd.
That’s not what I want my headline to be.
Filed under: leadership, people, relationships | Tags: biomechanics, christianity, daniel whittingslow, eagle scout, foster parenting, god's image, greatness, halo, jacob benton, leadership, over under clothing, people, relationships, youth ministry, zachary mccalvin
The other night several of my students were being awarded Eagle Scout and I had the privilege of speaking in their Eagle Scout Ceremony. I was cub scout myself for about two months, but once I lost at the pinewood derby I gave up altogether. Not these guys. These guys are amazing young men. I was overwhelmed during the service as the workload to become an Eagle was described. These young men have spent over a decade working towards this accomplishment, growing in Honor, Loyalty, Courage, and Service.
As I observed the award ceremony I couldn’t help but think, “These guys are better than me.”
That’s a good thing! Its what every youth minister wants – for those you lead to become greater than you. Its not that I had anything to do with them becoming Eagle Scouts. They did that all on their own through hard work and dedication. It is just so encouraging to see what great men they have become, because there have been times in our past when I wanted to strangle these kids! I couldn’t help but take a brief walk down memory lane and think about other kids I wanted to strangle, kids that are now great men.
Daniel used to interrupt me every Sunday night during my teaching. He would ask hard questions I wasn’t smart enough to answer. I’m not sure he really wanted an answer. I think he just liked showing that he was smarter than me. Sometimes I wanted to strangle Daniel.
Daniel just patented a screw that is going to change the face of medicine and biomechanics and he’s still in medical school. His intelligence is making the world a better place.
When Jacob came to church all he wanted to do was play Halo on Xbox (which at the time was all brand new to us). He was so good at this game and he was sure to let you know. I hated playing with him. It was no fun. Really. And when the church programs were over and I was ready to go home I practically had to drag Jacob and his friends off of the Xbox and out of the door. Sometimes I wanted to strangle Jacob.
Jacob became a member of the team that developed and wrote the Halo game series. He now works for Bungie and continues to use his passion to inspire others and make the world a more fun place to live in.
Zach was a great kid with a dangerous sense of adventure. He literally had no fear. If a frisbee ended up on the roof, Zach would be 100 feet up a tree in minutes. If someone thought of something ridiculous to do Zach would be the first to volunteer (and most of the time succeed). Zach’s flirtations with danger scared me to death. No matter how many times I asked him to stop, he never did. Most of the time he even talked me into trying. Sometimes I wanted to strangle Zach.
Zach is now the VP of a successful clothing line. He and his wife just became foster parents to a young boy who needs a family. They will forever change this boy’s life with their faith and love. He continues to inspire me and those around him with his no-reservations sense of adventure and his fearless faith.
Daniel is better than me. Jacob is better than me. Zach is better than me.
I could go on and on about past students who now are amazing and are doing amazing things. I take no credit for it (how could I?) because they have reached their accomplishments all on their own. The lesson is that “greatness” is in everyone.
Genesis 1:27 says, “God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Following a long list of things God created, he made mankind last. Mankind is the only creation that bears God’s image.
We bare God’s image. We bare God’s likeness. We bare God’s greatness. Whether you see it or not, its deep down in there somewhere waiting to come out. You have greatness in you because you were made in the image of God.
The person who cut you off in traffic this morning has greatness in him because he is made in the image of God. The waitress that messed up your latte yesterday has greatness in her because she is made in the image of God. The kids who drive you crazy and make you want to strangle them have greatness in them because they are made in the image of God.
Perhaps this is why Paul is so clear in Philippians 2 that if we want to be like Christ we must never “do anything out of vain conceit,” but we must “consider others as more important than yourself.” We can’t just consider others more important – we must know that they really are.
There is no time that we are a more accurate reflection of Jesus than when we consider others greater than ourselves and then treat them likewise.
They are greater than you…
Because they have God’s image in them.
You may be having the most frustrating experience possible with another human being, but you could be having a brush with greatness! You could be part of the development of a real world-changer! I just thought I was working with some over-confident, smart-ass, senseless, smelly teenagers. I had no idea I was working with world-changing doctors, technological masterminds, future world leaders, and Christ-like humanitarians. I failed to see God’s image in them when I needed to. I’m trying to change that.
I’m trying to view people – not for who they are – but for who they can be.
I hope you will too.
Filed under: life, people, relationships | Tags: christian persecution, christian politics, christian solidarity international, church decline, corinthians, csi-usa, david herndon, gay rights, hebrews, jason collins, Paul, peter, post-moderns, the middle east, tim tebow
I grew up with 2 older brothers who could, on occasion, be very good at being older brothers. I was scrawny and a little under-confident when it came to conflict, so I didn’t have a lot to play when it came to holding my own in the “brotherly love” department. But one thing I could do very well – play the victim card. Tears. Exaggeration. Screaming & Yelling. I had it all. Once I slapped myself in the face and blamed it on my brother just so I could watch TV by myself. It is a powerful tool… unless you overplay it.
I discovered this powerful truth: The victim card only works if you are actually a victim.
Eventually my cries and woes became a nuisance to my family. Instead of getting what I wanted, I was labeled a crybaby and sent to my room. I had overplayed the victim card. No one cared what I had to say anymore. The only choice I had left was to mature, become responsible, and start standing up for myself. I had to stop being selfish and start thinking about the other people in the family… even when I disagreed with them.
I saw this cartoon floating around the internet last year, and I saw it again last week when a student shared it with me.
In true over-confident teenager form he followed up by saying, “This is what’s wrong with our world. Nobody cares about Christians anymore.” Really? This cartoon is all that is wrong with the world? He’s half right I guess.
Sometimes I don’t think anyone cares about the Christians anymore either… at least not in America. His use of this cartoon is a good example of how (American) Christians play the victim card. Someone or some group is doing something we don’t like, no one is listening to us, so we whine and cry and point fingers at the mean old non-Christians (which often really aren’t non-Christians, they just don’t “do christianity” the way we do).
Today its a cartoon about Tim Tebow being shut out of the media and gay rights. Yesterday it was about Target not saying “Merry Christmas” when you go shopping at 3 AM on black Friday. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but American Christians will probably find something to complain about. Some judge okays it for two guys to get married or a Christian film gets bad reviews and we all scream “Persecution!”
Really? Persecution? Even if it were true, no one is listening.
Remember: The victim card only works if you are actually a victim.
A lot of Christians do a lot of whining and crying because they think they are victims. I am not saying they are wrong for believing what they believe. I am not saying they are wrong for wanting the world to look differently than it does. I am saying they are wrong in playing the victim card, because quite truthfully, American Christians are anything but victims. Christians in America have more freedom and rights as a group than anywhere else in the world.
Christians in the middle east and other parts of the world woke up this morning wondering if they would be martyred as a part of mass genocide. Christian Solidarity International puts up a map of current attacks on Christians and genocide warnings. I don’t see America on this map. When you visit the CSI website you don’t read about Tim Tebow. You read about people being murdered. You read about people being stolen from their homes and forced into slavery. You read about real persecution.
I almost find it hysterical that Americans play the victim card so well considering that Christians who are truly persecuted, both in the past and present, hardly ever play the victim card. And they really are victims! Just consider some of the things people like Paul and Peter said about persecution. When the apostles write about persecution they don’t use words like “boycott” or phrases like “write your congressman.” They use words like “endure” and “rejoice.” They use phrases like “so the world will know Christ.” Peter and Paul (and probably Mary too) knew that the victim card is not a powerful card. They understood that to truly defend faith in Christ, you simply have to display faith in Christ… especially in times of persecution.
There is no stronger evidence of the power of Christ than acceptance in the face of rejection, love in the face of hate, and faith in the face of attack.
It is no secret that the American Church is in decline. I believe a large part of that can be attributed to American Christians playing the victim card. In a country of 80,000 member mega-churches, multi-million dollar progam budgets, Christian movie studios, and… oh yeah… freedom of religion, no one feels sorry for us. No one feels the need to come to our defense. Rather, they want to distance themselves from us and send us to our room for a permanent time-out. They see us using our resources and freedoms to complain instead of using them to serve a hurting world. Sometimes they can’t see the love in us because of all the agendas being pushed at them.
What a hurting world needs is to find a loving body of believers who empathize them and a group of people who are ready to come to their defense. We encounter people “different” than us and all we think is “don’t engage, don’t empathize, don’t be influenced.” What we should be thinking is “engage, empathize, influence!” John Wesley said it best: “No one cares what you know until they know that you care.” We are so worried about having something taken from us that we have forgotten to freely give of ourselves.
We have a wonderful message of hope that this hurting world needs to hear. But how can we win anyone to Christ when we fail to display His love?
It is time that we, the American Church, decide to mature, accept our responsibilities, and start thinking about the rest of the people in our family. The acceptance card is much more powerful than the rejection card. The love card is much more powerful than the hate card. The communication card is much more powerful than the screaming and yelling card. The empathy card is always more powerful than the victim card.
We are not called to be victims. We are called to be defenders, to be peacemakers, and (above all) to be reflections of Christ.
I am challenged more than ever these days to make sure that I complain less and display faith more, that I judge less and that I accept more, that I whine less and that I rejoice more… especially when it is difficult to do so. I hope you are too.
We are not victims. Let’s stop acting like it.
Since we are no longer victims, now we can be defenders. Try taking one of these steps this week:
1. Pray for the Christians, both American and foreign, who are facing persecution in foreign countries right now. Visit CSI often and find out how you can help to defend the people who need it most.
2. Reach out to someone who is different than you in their beliefs, their lifestyle, or even their neighborhood. Look for ways to accept, embrace, love, and help them. Invite them to church or to share a meal. An easy way to do this is to find a local outreach and get involved.
3. When you want to complain this week or you are tempted to play the victim card… Don’t.
*Please note: If you want to comment on this post, I encourage it. However, this is not a post on anything controversial. It is not a post defending any one position. This is a post addressing the need for the American Church to regain its potential at reaching a hurting world through love and grace. If you would like to talk about that, please comment. If you only want to “attack” another side or criticize any particular group, please do not comment.
Filed under: leadership, people, relationships | Tags: contemporary worship, david herndon, tables, worship leading
In my church I’m responsible for one of three worship services that take place each Sunday morning. Our service is a little more relaxed and casual than most, and for a very long time our chairs were in row form. This summer we had a few different things happening that caused the need to have tables set up, which is a little different for a worship service on Sunday morning. Now, I’m sure that there are churches all over the world who use tables during their worship service, but for me this was a little different.
My main job during worship is music. I like music. I like prayer and studying God’s word and fellowshipping with others, but music is my main connection to God. Honestly, a part of me could not wait for the summer to be over so that we could go back to normal – ditch the tables and go back to sitting in rows. My main motivation here is that I assume it feels awkward to stand at a table while you sing songs. I make this assumption because for me, it would be awkward to stand at a table while I sing songs. Surely everyone is as uncomfortable as I would be, right?
At the end of the summer several people started asking me, “Are we keeping the tables?” And several times I said, “No, we’re going back to rows.” I assume they asked because, like me, the didn’t want the tables anymore. Finally, one member spoke up a little more after my response – “Don’t get rid of the tables. I like the tables.” This almost baffled me because it went against everything I assumed. You like the tables? Why?
I listened as he shared, and then I went back to others who had asked about the tables before. I discovered they were asking because they too liked the tables. I discovered that when they sit at tables our members feel more connected to each other, which ultimately enhances their overall worship experience. Not to mention they have somewhere to rest their coffee cups. “Isn’t it awkward when we stand up to sing?” I asked. “Not really,” they replied, “after all, that’s only a small part of the service.”
And there was the rub. I was only viewing things from my perspective and my preference. And in my blindness I almost committed a huge disservice to the people I am called to minister to.
So the tables remain, only now they don’t feel so awkward to me. I don’t dislike the tables anymore. I embrace the tables. And each Sunday as I look out on the crowd as we sing songs to God, I can’t help but be overjoyed to know that people feel connected to Him and to each other and it has absolutely nothing to do with me.
Who knew a table could be so powerful?
Try to see things from other peoples’ perspectives today. It could change everything.
Filed under: God, leadership, life, marriage, parenting, people, relationships
Recently under the influence of one of my students, I’ve been hooked on an iPhone app called “Eden.” Its basically a building-block game in which you can create your own world, from mountains to canyons to seas and even trampolines, water slides, and houses! For the creative types like myself it can be pretty exciting and highly addictive… especially in the beginning. There is such a thrill in creating. Or maybe the rush is in having full control of my own little world.
One day, I did not feel the thrill or the excitement. That’s pretty normal when you play iPhone games. The usual entertainment factor wears off after a few days. Remember when everyone used to play Words with Friends? This was different though. There I was – creating, building, doing what ever I wanted to in my own little world – and a strange though popped into my head:
“I wish I could create people. I wish I had someone to share this with.”
This world is so cool and fun, yet I have no one to share it with. I had created a whole world that no one could really live in or enjoy or benefit from in anyway. While it may seem a little ridiculous considering I’m talking about a video game, another thought popped into my head. This one is much deeper and much more challenging:
“Life is not meant to be alone.”
I can’t help but think of Genesis 1 when I play this little game, and I think I am beginning to understand a little more of God’s logic in creation. The existence of the world, in all of its wonder and intricacies, is more than enough to glorify God’s greatness. Yet, He still chose to create human beings because life is not truly lived until it is lived in relationship with others. God is not satisfied and He does not rest until He was someone to enjoy His creation, to benefit from His grace, and to share in His love.
We all spend a great deal of time in “our own little world.” We may not be playing video games or organizing the cosmos, but we do create for ourselves – for our benefit, for our enjoyment, for our pleasure. We look for how others can benefit us. We look for how we can use circumstances to better our situation. We look for how we can make more money, make more time, and get more things for ourselves. Everything and everyone around us becomes nothing more than building blocks we use to construct what WE want out of life with no concern to others. But there will always come a point when we discover we are so unsatisfied and so restless. Could it be that we are living our lives the wrong way because we are living and striving and creating for no one but ourselves?
God is not satisfied and He does not rest until He has someone to enjoy His creation, to benefit from His grace, and to share in His love. We are created in His image, so why should we expect our lives to be any different?
A life is not truly lived until it is lived for others. The question for today is not “what do I need?” The question is “what do they need?” Be God’s provision for someone else today. Create a world that benefits others!
Filed under: life, people | Tags: authenticity, avett brothers, b.o.b., bob dylan, bruno mars, cee lo green, david herndon, eminem, grammys 2011, gwyneth paltrwo, janel monae, jon black, justin bieber, lady gaga, madonna, mick jagger, mumford & sons, muppets, music, usher, will smith
So, its February 14th – kind of a big day. You guessed it – the day after the Grammy’s!
Last night was quite the awards ceremony, full of celebrities, compilation performances, surprise winners, and just plain surprises. I love music and I especially look forward to the Grammy’s each year, especially the performances. Last night did not fail to impress in my opinion. I really enjoyed the combo of Janel Monae, Bruno Mars, and B.o.B doing the throwback to the 50’s. It warmed my heart to see Will Smith’s face while his son performed (and did so well) alongside Usher’s son, Justin Bieber. I always enjoy dancing ninjas too. Lady Gaga was weird as usual. I liked her the first time when she was called Madonna and sang “Express Yourself.” Wow, Mick Jagger is really old, but he still has the swagger. I have a strange obsession with Eminem – I don’t enjoy rap music so much, but I feel compelled to watch him perform. He does bring a certain artistry to rap, although he always looks like he just had an accident in his pants when he performs. Muppets and Cee Lo Green go better together than I thought, but it was a little too much Gwyneth and Gwyneth’s v-neck for me.
With all of that said, my absolute favorite performance was Bob Dylan. This is mainly because as a child I was raised on a simple diet of water, bread, Bob Dylan, and Otis Redding. I know a lot of people couldn’t understand him and probably thought he was gargling mouthwash through a microphone, but he will always have a special place in my heart. And “Maggie’s Farm” is a classic song of empowerment and last night’s performance was just the way it should have been – accompanied by Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers. I respect both groups greatly, but I have to tell you – they all wish they were Jon Black. He’s been doing southern-folk-altcountry-bluegrass-rock since he could grow a beard, and I’m pretty sure his beard is older than my dad. You should check him out right now.
Anyway, back to Mumford & Sons, they really were my favorite performance of the night. They were captivating, energentic, and inviting. Honestly, I’ve heard their name thrown around a lot, but never got around to actually listening to them last night. I had never heard the song, but I wanted to stand up in my living room and sing along. With dancing ninjas, muppets, fake shoulders, and strobe lights galore, no other performance was able to draw me in like Mumford & Sons. Four guys, five instruments (yeah, that guy sings, plays guitar, and beats a drum at the same time), and one trucker’s cap. No light show, no dancing, no theatrics. It was amazing, pure, and very, very authentic. And it was my favorite performance of the night.
Authenticity always wins, no matter the contest. You can dress up, glam up, and ham up as much as you want, but the bigger the build up, the bigger the fall in the end. Start with authenticity, stay with authenticity, and you will never go wrong. Awards come and go. Songs rise and fall on the charts. True legends are authentic from beginning to end. That’s why Bob Dylan still gets invited to play the Grammy’s every year! Authenticity always wins. Make the application to your life.
Well done, Mumford & Sons.
So what are your Grammy highlights?