Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit ~ Matthew 28:19
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. ~ Psalm 37:4
I realized last week I have not made an official announcement online explaining the next season I am preparing to embark on with my family. A few tweets referring to Colorado, snow, and the beach raised a few eyebrows from many of my friends online around the world. So, what better place to really unpack the new season than here!
I’m really excited to see what God is going to do in this next chapter of our journey. It involves my calling, His purpose, my passions, and His promise. More on that in a minute, first let me show you who I will be working with in this next season of the new Integrity Music. Ladies and gentlemen, I present David C. Cook.
As a follower of Jesus, I am first and foremost called to the great commission. Spreading the good news and making disciples is a calling from God that will never change. The path and purpose is flexible. The promises of God to equip me for this call will never fall away. My passions are hard wired in my DNA. This is where God put his unique fingerprint in my soul….where desires are ingrained in my heart. This is where it all collides into a beautiful mosaic called life.
Now I’m preparing to embark on a new journey where calling, purpose, passion, and promise collide. For 24 years I had that combination all mixed up. My passion for music was so strong that I confused it for my purpose and calling. Then I had an encounter with the living God in the middle of a cow field in rural west Mobile. My life was forever changed.
That encounter was preceded by years of running away from pain and hurt I encountered growing up way to fast in what could only be described as a “Jerry Springer” childhood atmosphere. That is when music and drugs became my escape to a place to hide from all of it.
So, I spent a sobering New Year’s eve in 1997 at a Christian based rehab, The Mission of Hope. That is where I wrestled with God trying to understand what real salvation meant. I had three questions, one of which was “will I ever work in music again?” I came from the rock scene where I played, road managed, managed and did everything independently. I knew that scene was over for me, but I struggled with my identity. I couldn’t imagine life without working in music. My purpose and calling weren’t clear until I heard God clearly call out His promise to bring me back to the music business.
I wish I had some fairy tale conclusion where I left rehab and immediately entered into this dream job in the music business. No, God knew I needed to be shaped and prepared for His purpose…His path. I spent 9 years traveling the road of spiritual discipline and maturity. It was full of trials, struggles and tribulations that ultimately ended up growing me. Years later, I resolved in my mind that “working in the music business,” was just an extension of me playing on worship teams in church. My expectations were way below anything God had planned.
It was not coincidence that I ended up working for Integrity Music, the world’s biggest independent Christian Music Label. God placed me at Church on the Eastern Shore playing with my good friend Lee Black about 5 months before I would see a job opening for Integrity. I happened to spot check for an ad I ran for a position in the marketing group I was running at Xante Corporation when I stumbled upon an ad from Integrity Music for digital marketing. It raised my eyebrow, but Lee was really the catalyst that pushed me to get my resume updated for the job.
My perceptions about Christian music ended up being the same perceptions that made me hold back from making the move to Integrity Music. I wasn’t really passionate about old school contemporary praise and worship I associated Integrity with. Fortunately Lee showed me all the music we were playing was from the Integrity catalog. That quickly changed my mind, flash forward 5 months and I was offered the job.
I can remember it like it was yesterday. The day I sat in my driveway when I had the call with Integrity where I accepted the job offer. It was that very moment that I felt God say, “see, I told you…you are going to work in the music business again.”
Tonight I sit here and realize what God has called, purposed, and promised, nothing can take away. It is never the journey we can exactly chart out or predict. The timeline can’t be predicted. But one thing that will never change is His promise on your life. I’m convinced it is wrapped around your DNA. It is what He originally designed you for. His calling, His purpose, His promise is all tied to an inner passion no one else can fill.
As I look at the next season I see these elements all colliding into a certain future. I don’t know what the next mosaic will be comprised of…but I know that He has entrusted me with much, and I have a beautiful canvas to paint with Him.
I can’t think of any other ministry I would want to take these next steps with. I can’t think of any other brothers and sisters I would want to take these next steps with. I couldn’t imagine taking any of these steps without a mighty God like the Father who made this call, purpose, passion and promise collide into me.
Breathe In & Smile Out,