Right-Brain/Left-Brain Mash-Up

Nuts and bolts. I get busy with the nuts and bolts of ministry…responding to emails, confirming bookings, focusing on details and logistics, and praying about what God has for the new year, all while the piano sits untouched in the corner of thehuman-brain-left-right-functions-22549476 living room. In a perfect world, I’d do nothing but write songs, then go and sing them for anyone who will listen. But, as today’s independent artists know all too well, there’s work to be done and no longer droves of staff to do it. The industry has changed. And my left brain has been on overdrive trying to keep up with it.

Still, I read this week in Jeff Goins’ book, The Art of Work, “a calling is that thing that you can’t not do.” And for a second I could breathe, reconnecting with that passion deep inside.

Continuing on, one afternoon, again tackling emails, I read one from Nichole. “I’m not sure that Cheri will ever see this…”,  she wrote. Only I did see it. And it made me want to fight all the more for time at the piano. To write what I know to be true. To carry on with the calling…

20160114_192502My first and only Cheri Keaggy concert was at a small church north of Bellingham, WA in the 90s. I went as an opportunity presented to me by my mother. I was in a very dark and depressed state. I had given over my life to temptation and was headed in a horrible direction. When she sang “Child of the Father” I remembered who I was in Christ and prayed. I grew up in the church, sang every song, and participated in every possible function. Although I was never formally taught in a Sunday school, I knew that I was a child of God and that by grace I was saved. I trusted God again when I heard her sing the line “and I know what that means for me, it means I’m redeemed and forgiven…”  Later that Summer I was baptized in a nearby lake. The following Spring I met a group of kids that would continue to shape my life and become some of the closest friends I have today.

I truly credit that concert as a turning point in my life and I am eternally grateful for Cheri and her passion. Keep pursuing your dream and know that God is using you in moments that you never expected in ways that will baffle you for years to come.

Written probably some twenty-four years ago, “Child of the Father” became the title cut of my first album. I penned it back in California after my pastor, Sam Rima, preached a sermon on what it means to be a child of God. Many of my first love songs to the Lord were birthed at that church. And I’m still singing them today. Because while the industry has changed, God’s truths remain. Timeless, tried, and true, and as my dear sister so kindly shared, transforming.

I am working on accepting the fact that I must use both sides of my brain to do this whole music thing. My left brain for the business stuff. And my right brain for the creative. If this neurological collaboration gets me to the desired end, impacted lives, then bring on the mash-up.

Oddly, Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:37 strike me in a completely new way…”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” The left, the right, all of it. SO cool.

I thank God for Nichole who enthusiastically gave her blessing for me to share her story. God used the timing of her email to fan the flames once more. To shake me out of work mode to remember the greater work. The wondrous work that God does when we do whatever it takes to do what He’s called us to do. Because we can’t not do it.

Until next time…

Toodles!

Cheri

 

 

13 comments to Right-Brain/Left-Brain Mash-Up

  • Wade

    Dark and depressed state-neurotransmitter depletion-computer malfunction. 🙁

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    Cheri Reply:

    You are one funny fellow!

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  • Donna anderson

    Looking at the list for both sides of your brain, looks to me that you have most of them covered. Dad and I both know how organized you are so it looks to me that it’s a problem of just not enough time in the day. Not sure how to fix that one. Just keep doing what you are doing. Seems to be working my lovely. Mom

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thanks, Ma. Love you! I know God is with me. Not sure what else I’d rather be doing!

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  • Angela J

    Cheri, your music has been the soundtrack of my life (and a tremendous blessing!) for the last 20 years. May I add another verse for you to ponder on the busy days when you know that you just need time alone with the Lord to listen to Him, and refresh?
    “Martha, Martha”, the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her.” (Regarding when Mary sat at the feet of Jesus while Martha was doing all the work) .. Luke 10:41-42
    I know it’s hard and it’s a busy time to be an independent artist, and I know the Lord is always #1 in your life too. I just wanted to put that verse out there for all of us to remember that it’s okay to stop sometimes, for a little while, and just be with Jesus and hear what He has to say to us. 🙂
    Blessings to you, sister. I’m forever thankful for your music and how it refreshes ME, and keeps me focused on Him.

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    Cheri Reply:

    Preach it, sister! SO important. He’s My Source, My Sabbath…

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  • Johnathan

    Cheri your words are always so encouraging. Just two days ago I posted something about the industry and how its changed. I should have mentioned you on it. I know you are all about the ministry first and my family and I are greatful for that and your friendship. We truly love you sister. Keep on it.

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    Cheri Reply:

    By God’s grace and equipping! A privilege to be in His service. Thanks for your friendship.

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  • This is very timely. I struggle with turning the left brain on to build my life coaching business. I get overwhelmed with business, numbers, and techie stuff. When I asked God to provide people to help, he has done that. He cares about the things we care about. It helps to know there is a reason it’s hard…it’s not just me. Thanks for sharing this Cheri!

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    Cheri Reply:

    Absolutely! Another passage from the book I’m reading…It’s hard. But, as Tom Hanks says in A League of Their Own, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”

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  • Well said Cheri. Perfectly timed….

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thanks. Be encouraged!

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  • Wade

    I am not talking funny.
    The truth is:depressive mode is linked to brain function. Care on physical level:antidepressant. Care on social level (people are social beings): communicate with reliable believers and communicate with God. Only God can change the wholen situation.

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