I've been thinking...


That's typically the way I start a conversation with my wife when I'm about to say something incredibly dumb, or profound. We shall see which it is. 

I was talking with a good friend recently about life, kids and the future and how I was planning on trying to make music full time. He, being the voice that many would call "reality" kept assuring me that the steady 9-5 job was the best way to take care of my family and to set my kids up for the future. You know, be able to pay for college, live in a comfortable home, have a white picket fence, etc. The list goes on.

I was driving back from southern Ohio after leaving Abby and the kids to spend time with her family while I was helping out her Alma Mater setup for their musical this weekend, which I'll be heading back down today to continue helping with. The thought crossed my mind. Am I more concerned with setting my kids up to succeed in this life, or the next?

I'm sure some of you saw me share that on twitter the other day. Now, I know that I'm a great lier, and I lie to myself all the time. I'm not trying to justify my kids having a hap-hazard upbringing, so dad can go and pursue the dream, but what I am considering is, if my primary goal is to raise kids that fear the Lord and seek to honor and serve Him with their lives then, I best be making sure that whatever vocation I have, it doesn't take away from that. 

I'll be honest, I'm not sure how to do that. At least, not step by step. But if there is one thing that I've learned over the past few years it's this. Sometimes you just go to swing. 

I have a lot of people tell me that they want to be a songwriter and my question for them is always, how many songs have you written. More times than not, the answer is less than 3. Now, those 3 might be good songs, but I'm positive if that same individual wrote 100 songs that at least 3 if not more would be far better than the only 3 they have written. You have to get up to the bat and swing. 

You won't get it right all the time. There are times when I'm a horrible father and I don't take the chance to teach my kids, or I lose my temper, but the more I interact with them, the more I try, the better at being a Dad I get. The more songs I write, the better writer I become. The more gigs I play the better entertainer I become. 

In order to become we have to take chances. If we all go it right on the first try, we are either living in hypotheticals or we're not doing anything. 

What are you wanting to get better at?

What chances do you have to take another swing?

I'm not perfect, but I believe that God has given us all we need to live in a way that pleases and honors Him. And through His grace, I will try.

- matt