I stumbled across this article last year and even included an excerpt in that year’s Christmas music program. It makes a great point and certainly takes on a new meaning this year. Wishing everyone a joyful and safe Christmas.

This quote is from an article in the January/February 2011 edition of Worship Leader Magazine. It provides an interesting insight into the background of Chris Tomlin (who as of writing is mentioned no less than 7 times on CCLI’s latest Top 25 List). He wouldn’t be where he is, and the Church would be without some really wonderful music had it not been for that encouragement he received as an aspiring musician. Granted, he is the exception, but we must provide an environment for young musicians to grow in musical ability and faith despite however much we/they might stumble along the way. As Harold Best writes in “Music Through the Eyes of Faith“, excellence is a “process, not an event” (p 114). And more on that in a future post.