Just a Microphone (that’s all)

Waking up this morning I read “Our Daily Bread” about Music and Megaphones. It came from 2 Corinthians 3:17.

“For we do not preach ourselves,” Paul wrote, “but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Cor 4:5). Our purpose is not to become the message, but to convey it through our lives and our lips.

I talked to my buddy (and Life Coach) Chris yesterday about how my story isn’t something horrific  like “ I was on drugs, my parents abandon me, blasé, blasé, blasé” I almost felt irrelevant, because I haven’t had a messed up life, so therefore I didn’t have a message, right?

But then it appeared to me that I don’t need all that in the first place. I got a picture in my head of being smooth clean tablets… So God’s message could be written without interference– not saying I’m superior or better than anyone who has a rough past- NO, but I am NO less a value of testimony then someone who came from a crazy past. In fact I probably relate better to people who had a pretty simple upbringing.

I’m not saying I’m “clean” as in I haven’t sinned… I’ve committed sins against God… but it won’t blow somebody out of water like “WOW you had sex outside of marriage!” I remember telling this one person that was the craziest thing I did, and she laughed at me like “That’s it?”

So yeah, I definitely wouldn’t win anybody with some dramatic story I had, but it doesn’t matter, what really matters is that love is being shown through my life now. I want to be that vessel, and megaphone that God is working through, Let Christ be evident, let his love and mercy be evident. That’s why the name is “Microphone Jones”.

And I want to remind people like me, who didn’t have some crazy story, that you don’t need to have a crazy story. I know… crazy stories may “seem cool” but you’re too cool for that… you’re probably a geek like me, too caught up in some awesome project, or too smart or scared to try something stupid – that’s cool. Don’t try to please society, and  be like someone else , be happy , be who you are in Christ.  And subscribe to my other channel “ B.U” ( Best University) .

God is good.

Recap of this Week So Far

Sometimes it’s  so easy to get caught up in the rush of things. Doing this, and doing that, and we don’t realize how much stuff we’ve already done! So here’s my week so far:

All I see is DiemondsSunday : Collab with battleground city called “All I see is  Diemonds”,

Monday: Recorded and mixed a song with Shem with Voice for the Voiceless…. that was called ” Give me life”

Tuesday: Recorded  and mixed with Adam, Kenrock, and Medrano

Wednesday : Worked on My Suckcess, Failure, and Road to Redemption video. Had meeting with financial advisor, and with life Coach, Chris.

Tommorow: Got to get some stories for B.U , This week our topic is work, and breaking out the mindset that work is just a 9-5. Work can be way more than working for a corporation. Many times people try to belittle artist making it seem like the art we do is irrelevant to life, but they are o so wrong…. were are about to turn this lie on it’s head on the next episode of B.U! And I have to get some more income in… I have a couple ideas, and it has to do with music videos.

Uh, pass my bedtime, catch you on the grind tomorrow by the grace of God.

Everything Must Go : Showing the Bad Times with Francis De La Torres

untitledWhile watching ” Everything Must Go” A film by Francis De La Torre (whom I’m about to stalk from now on) I was reminded of the timeless truth that we need grace, we need mercy , we need new starts, we need Christ.

We’re taught by culture to hide our faults but the truth comes out sooner or later “Whatever is in the dark , will come to the light”(Luke 8:17). And it’s a burden, a huge burden to hide lies.

I love the way Torres depicts the negative side of the film (9:30). the highs in the audio drop off and music goes to a minor key. For me it’s always hard to record negative events , because it might reflect badly on the organization and they don’t want you to record it – but I’m glad it was left in this film, because it gives the film authenticity.

During the argument we never see the tour manager possibly because he didn’t want to be on camera … whatever the reason, this was a creative way to depict an argument. The text and audio carries us through the argument and a collage of sad emotions are shown by Andy and the tour members.

Reflecting on the bible I see there weren’t always “nice” times. There was rape, there was incest, there was lying, cheating, adultery , murder and of course the crucifixion. But through all that there was redemption, there was repentance, there was a resurrection.

I love Romans 1:16 because it reflects on the power of God , not of men. No matter how bad things get , there’s always redemption when we place our faith in Christ resurrection. God can take our mess, and turn it into a message of hope, because we overcome “by the blood, of the lamb , and the word of our testimony”

 

Call me crazy… but what if we actually lived as though we were free?

Reading “Breaking Free” by Poh Fang Chia of Our daily bread I was challenged to live as though I’m actually free from my past. Dale Carnegie writes in his book ” How to stop worrying  , and how to start living ” about having an iron clad door on the past. In order for us to enjoy the present we must stop weeping over past mistakes. Now as a Christian , I must remember that Jesus took away my sins, and there is no longer any condemnation even though religious folks and the devil ( man there so similar) try to condemn us.  Live your life. Realize the freedom you have , and use it.

 

A Sad Defeat

So it’s official. I did not win the DQ contest by “fan vote”. The public voting phase wasn’t transparent at all. DQ hid votes from public view, and did not regulate how many times people could vote. Even though I could vote more than once a day, I didn’t take advantage of this because I have a conscience, and believed DQ would have some system to stop people from breaking the rules, but that has not been confirmed.

The main contact for this contest first told me she couldn’t disclose any information on the votes, which spiked my suspicion, but she assured me that the contest was close. She said that I was “Approximately 500″ votes away from 2nd place, and that the 1st place winner had significantly more votes than the other two entries.

The Struggle is Real Part 2

People have the nerve to think since I have been in great places, that my current situation is easy. Or that ” I win ” all the time. It makes me angry that people think I’m some kinda of superstar or super whatevah, the truth of the matter is that I’m none of that. I have many more losses than wins, and the wins I have gotten weren’t easy. Everything that has been successful for me has been done over late nights, and… I’m struggling just to get by. Even now, I don’t have some fancy job, I make less than $11.00 an hour, and that doesn’t even include tax I must pay on it. I don’t even know what my next step is, since no one is really hiring. I tell you the truth, I thought at 27 I’d have enough to live on. But as of now, I’m just living on favors, and I have a buddy doing the same – it sucks. The struggle of an artist is real, but you have no time to complain, you just got to go.

But somehow, I believe the dream. I believe that I can somehow make it. It’s crazy…