A new year is upon us, and I can’t help but think about some of the things that transpired for me over this past year. One of my most notable positive events was not planned, but seemed to work out perfectly. I was performing each Sunday at a popular church here in Philadelphia. I had been there faithfully for 8 years. The people there were beautiful and I loved being there, but through the years we had several different musical directors coming in. The one thing about musical directors is that each has his own different style of leadership. While I highly respected the ideals of the last one we often had conflicts that just couldn’t be resolved, so after 8 years God said it was time for me to leave the church I so loved serving. The great thing is that God didn’t have me wait long at all for me to find a new church home. For about a month I was sitting home on Sundays (and it felt so weird not having to wake up and go) but after only a few weeks I got a call from another musical director who previously left that same church and was ministering someplace else. He wanted to know if I was available to do his church each Sunday. This was a blessing that I didn’t see coming, but nevertheless it was a blessing that was well needed. When I first went to the interview it felt very different (but I have never had an interview yet that I didn’t feel confident about). I told them my credentials and everything seemed to work out perfectly. Now I am happy again being part of a music ministry that has welcomed me with open arms. The reason I am writing about this today is because while change may bring about uncertainty in our lives sometimes change is often vital. Until we get to the point where we can venture into something different we will never get the chance to grow. I may not have gotten what I wanted, but I surely got what I needed. Sometimes it is not about what you do, but rather about “how you feel” about what you do. If you can’t feel the blessing of where you are and what you are doing, then it may be time to re-think and re-evaluate your situation. It would be nice if you can do something that makes you happy. Now I can honestly say I am… Going into the new year I expect to continue to seek out any blessings that are coming my way, and I aim to get the most out of life. I sincerely hope you will do the same. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Norman Connors, Brett Jolly and Benny Barksdale