MINOR (Grey Holiday):
I’ve spent my entire life focused so inwardly. I’ve been really caught up in myself for a long time, maybe forever. I want to tell people to look outside of themselves. It’s so, so easy to be selfish about everything. I’m as guilty of that as anybody. There are so many people struggling, so many who need the community. It’s so easy to get caught up in yourself. Look outside of yourself. There are people who need you.
When we started writing for the Scars Remain album, I was personally kinda out of ideas. We knew that the label was wanting to put out another cd. I was just talking to the guys and was like, “I have nothing. I don’t know what to talk about. I feel like I’ve talked about everything.” I remember being in the back of the bus praying, and I remember saying this specific prayer: “God, if you have anything you want to say to this generation will you please put it on our hearts.” It wasn’t even a few days later that we were in an airport, of all places, and the inspiration and words to our song “After the World” just started happening. I even told Tim about it at the check-in counter. It’s a song that talks about how God loves us. We’re all on a search, each and every one of us. We’re all looking for something. You see a lot of people who get messed up in certain situations that we would think are bad situations they need to be rescued from, but in reality they’re looking for the same thing everybody’s looking for. Nobody wants to be hungry. Nobody wants to be lonely. Everybody wants a purpose for why they’re alive. Everybody wants to be happy. Nobody wants to just be a mistake or an accident. It’s basically a song where God’s saying, “Hey, that thing that you’re looking for, that purpose, that happiness . . it’s me. I’m it.”
OLDS "Crouton" (Family Force 5):
This generation gets lost in taking themselves too seriously sometimes. Family Force 5 is about showing our generation, and whatever generation we’re speaking to, the joy of Christ. We hope that as crazy as our live show is and as crazy as we are on stage that we’re a reflection of the joy of Christ.
One thing: Get reckless. It stems from a song we just finished in the studio the other day. It’s going to be on our new record, and it’s called “Reckless Youth”. The whole thought behind it is to challenge you to be reckless, but reckless in your faith. The definition of reckless that I really like is “to act with disregard to consequences”. I challenge kids to act recklessly in their faith, with disregard to what people will think or say or wanna do to them. Live your faith recklessly. The challenge is for a generation to become reckless. When we say, “be out of control,” I mean I wanna be out of control so God can be in control. I think this needs to be meditated on and really taken in to gain the courage to be strong in the generation we have now. A lot of kids are very laid back about their faith. It’s just kind of a side note for their dog tag, so to speak, of what they’re religious preference is. Kids need to lose control of themselves, let God take control, and become reckless.
When you experience love, you experience God. As a generation we want to give ourselves away all the time, and usually we’re giving it to the wrong thing. That’s what we’re always trying to do entertainment-wise. But there’s no better person to give yourself to than the person of Christ.
Is Their Hope For This Generation?
13 Top Artists Share Their Adviceby Tracy Darlington
Is there hope for this generation? A generation who gets its information from Wikipedia, YouTube, and blogs? These music artists think so. In fact, they believe God has a great plan for everyone to change the world around them. Here’s the one thing they’d like to say to this generation:
For an artist like me who’s just put out my 8th cd (not counting remixes and greatest hits and all that stuff) it’s very difficult to remain unjaded, to remain soft clay in God’s hands. But my number one goal in life is to remain unjaded. And I think that’s a problem in Christian artistry. Our artists backstage get jaded. The next song becomes the next song they gotta write because it’s their job. The next cd becomes the next cd they gotta go make in the studio because it’s their job. They feel like they’ve gotta do this for radio and do that for this other department. It breaks my heart. Because if you can put yourself in a place where every record, every song, every studio session, every show you’re just like, “I wanna walk on water today with this song I’m gonna write. I’m gonna step out in faith and believe with all my heart that God can breathe something through me that changes someone’s life. I’m gonna believe that God can breathe something through me that wakes someone up who’s turned away from His love and opens their mind to His love again.” Man, if you can do that and remain soft clay, life can be amazing. It really can. That was my goal with Portable Sounds. I was like, I will not walk into that studio hardened. That goes for everyone, even if you’re not a musician. Be soft every day. Walk on water. Have the faith to say, “Alright, God, I’m believing you’re gonna do something cool here.” And start steppin’.
To my generation . . . I feel that there are a lot of distractions, especially for American people who are my age, a lot of things that fill up your day and your time. I so wrestle with those things. I’ve been challenged to realize how short my life really is. The only thing that really lasts is Jesus. I would say to this generation, sow into what lasts.
Our main cry is to draw kids closer to God and show that they can have an intimate, tangible relationship with Christ. They don’t have to wait until they’re of legal age or an “adult” to do something for God and have a ministry. At ten, eleven, twelve, and even younger . . . God can use any age. It’s not about how old you are. It’s about where you are with your relationship with Christ. You can be a light to your friends in school. Our main thing is to call our generation to a deeper walk, to an actual intimate relationship with Christ. A day to day thing.
I would say that I think life is all about inspiration. People’s lives are changed by being inspired by one thing or another. Music, another person, an athletic event, these are things in life that inspire people. If you’re a decent person, and you live your life inspiring the people around you, we’re all gonna be in a better place. Do you best to be inspirational and inspire people. That’s the reason we do what we do. We were inspired by a message, and it changed our lives forever. If people live every day to try to inspire somebody, even if it’s to clean the dishes to inspire their brother, up to inspiring somebody in your school to pick up an instrument or a Bible, anything. Inspiring them into a good situation. It’s a gateway for so many things. That’s what we’re all about, making sure kids can look up to someone.
I always encourage people to find out who Jesus is for themselves. Don’t base your relationship on a pre-conceived notion of what church is or what your parents teach you. A relationship built on your own personal relationship with Christ lasts way longer than dogmatic rules, regulations or even doctrine of a particular denomination. Not that there’s anything wrong with those things. They have their place and are important. All I know is for me I didn’t really grow up in the church so finding out who Jesus was at fifteen helped me kinda go further than the “youth group kids” who just coasted by. So discover the Jesus of the Bible, not the Jesus of American Christianity or whatever we paint him as. Pick up the Bible and go talk to God. It doesn’t get more un-complex than that. And get some people to help you too. Those answers that you’re looking for, they’re found in Him.
Release your inhibitions, stop trying to prove yourself and show yourself as worthy to the world! Trends change constantly, so obviously we can never totally get it down on what’s beautiful, what’s perfect, or what’s acceptable. Be you! Be happy with who you are because you are truly unique and beautiful to God. To fight and to strive to be acceptable to everyone around you is a task that’s impossible to achieve. You have to be totally satisfied with who you are in Christ. Once you’re completely satisfied with that person—you’ll find real fulfillment in your life!
CURRIN "Nadaddy" (Family Force 5):
One thing to remember is we all came into this world as an example, as a reflection of who God is, created in his image. We didn’t come into this world as people divided. We came in all as one. And when we go and have a big party up in heave it’s gonna be us as one. So there’s no reason to have division here in the body when we’re all going to be one, as we were created and as we’re going to finish.
HALL (Casting Crowns):
If I could say only one thing I would say: God loves you just the way you are. He wants a friendship with you, and the only way to that friendship is with Jesus. It’s gotta start there.
Tracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.