Monday, January 27, 2014

This Post is Awesome!

We have met with many artists, writers, and creatives through the years, and one of the first things they want to know is if they have the potential to be awesome. Now most also have a goal of ministering as part of their equation, but they also wonder how good they can be. Can they do this? Are they “good” when they sing, or write? Do they have the potential to be great?

Most people who encounter Creative Soul (including longtime readers of this and our other blogs) find out quickly and/or already know that we are not here to be star-makers. Our goal has always been to be of service to music ministries, and we kind of think it just so happens to be the very way people GET awesome.

You see, becoming awesome is not really as much about talent as you think (see more on this here). It’s much more of a state of mind. It’s how artists who matter, came to be a success in the first place. And that success is more about the way they do things than it is their enormous, shiny talent.

In his book, “Start”, which I continue to read each morning (makes a great devotional!), author Jon Acuff talks at length about how to be awesome. He equates awesomeness not with talent, or awards, or even potential, but with the attitude and heart of the artist.

"Awesome doesn't let the crowd determine the size of the performance. Awesome gets up for two people or 200. Awesome writes great books even if no one is going to read them. Awesome sweeps the parts of store floors that no foot will ever touch. 

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Awesome can't help itself.

Awesome has a huge heart. And that's what it always plays to.

The size of the crowd doesn't matter.

The applause of the audience doesn't matter.

The money you make singing doesn't matter. 

Don't get me wrong; I hope you get all those things. I hope you have huge audiences and screaming fans and more money than Scrooge McDuck in his money bin. But more than that, I hope if your definition of awesome is to sing, you do it often. And you realize along the way that singing often is what really matters.

If you live your life that way, the results become gravy instead of the missing ingredient to your joy. If you can grab hold of this concept, you can start living an awesome life right this second.” Jon Acuff, Start

It’s kind of like when the Good Witch tells Dorothy she could have gone home anytime. (Personally, if I was Dorothy, I might have strangled her. “I could have WHAT?!”)

You have the power to be awesome by defining what you do by the way you think about it. Right now. Today.

We get so caught up in things like The Grammys or The Oscars, as if those are the only ways to be rewarded for what you do. Did you know Tom Hanks was ballyhooed in two movies this year as Best Actor material but didn't even get NOMINATED for either of them at the Oscars? That’s how hard it is to even be thought of for one of those awards. And he’s Tom Hanks!

But still we sometimes think if God has not deemed us “fated” for those few positions, then how can we truly be awesome? Why even try if super stardom is not our destiny?

The answer lies in YOU. If you love what you are doing creatively and do it with all your heart, and see the difference your ministry makes in others, then you can be (and maybe already are) awesome.

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” - Larry Bird

Have a great week!

Eric Copeland is president of Creative Soul, a company helping Christian artists and songwriters become awesome every day. Ready to be the kind of awesome God has for you to be? Come find out more at

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  1. I must say that I totally agree with this post. People see your heart and really could care less if you hit all the chords, notes or words exactly right. What's important is to connect with each person. Singing a particular line, giving a hug, praying with someone, acknowledging that each person exists by looking them straight in the eye. Most important of all, showing that person the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Like I told Eric and lots of others..." It's better than breathin'..."

  2. Another great post, Eric! Really like your thought here: You have the power to be awesome by defining what you do by the way you think about it. Good stuff.

    I picked up Jon Acuff's book "Start" a couple months ago but haven't dug into it yet...sounds like I need to 'start' it ;)

  3. I would rather focus in the trenches of ministry touching that one heart at that tiny venue that needed to experience His love, forgiveness and healing by putting my best foot forward with everything that God has and will continue to equip me with seeking a "well done" eternal reward. If something in my ministry rises above to be acknowledged by human standards, then great, it will have the chance to minister to so much more eternally (and I had a brief reward on earth that is only temporal). This IS an awesome post, Eric. Thanks.


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