Seasons change. Customs change. Inspired ideas create new tools and resources, which create new habits and practices. As humans, we say all the time, “I don’t like change”, yet we adapt ever so quickly.
At Robby Myrick Music and RMM Productions, we are moving through another season of change. God has graciously allowed us to lead music and worship ministries in churches across the Gulf Coast these past 30 years. The memories are priceless. The treasures in Heaven are going to amaze us, I’m sure! The hundreds and thousands of souls who have found peace, new life, salvation, and healing have been a joy to experience.
We have no intention of quitting that line of work, of course. The Bible is clear when it reminds us that “the callings of God” are without error. So, we know that our calling is that of leading the Church in worship of the Father. However, the work of musicians and artists within the context of both the Church and the local community has always been a complex relationship; yet — so, simply beautiful. Depending on your theology, and personal perspective on worship.
The Spirit of God has been urging us for quite some time to slow down, listen more, and return to our first love for The Arts.
For me that means a return to the creative process of making music with various instruments which will surely involve returning to the recording studio. I also possess a deep yearning to write songs. Songs for the church, of course; but, also personal songs that reflect life, love, pain, joy, and all the emotions that go into our brief journey in these earth suits.
For Sheryl that looks like canvas painting, pencil and crayon sketches, as well as her endless creative spirit for interior design in our home. She longs for me to get out in the yard with her and landscape. She also wants a small garden. So, we will be getting our hands dirty!
Together, we have both desired to write books. I am learning more about the self-publishing process while she is trying to keep us both disciplined in our quiet times, solitude, journaling, and practice writing. We have our work cut out for us for sure!
As we continue to build upon our business pursuits, ministry opportunities, and personal artistic ventures, it seems that God is teaching us a very consistent lesson: Listen more.
That inherently would include: Talk less. Like … don’t talk. Be still. Be quiet. If you know me, that’s an extremely difficult proposition. My wife says about me, “Robby has words. Lots of ’em”. Poking fun at me, of course. But, not really!
I find that when I listen more intentionally, I hear stuff that normally slips right past my senses. The wind. The birds. The hum of engines and machines. The chatter of others. Conversations. Music. The sounds of creation. It’s beautiful. And, it is reviving me personally.
This season, I’m listening more. We are listening more. We are journaling and writing. We are asking for wisdom and guidance. So that when it’s time to speak or sing or create … maybe our words, songs, and creations will be more effective and filled with the things of God.
That is all. For now.