For some, this statement may seem a bit crass, but others of you will understand my referencing music to whoredom. Actually, I believe that most people have or will, at some point in their lives, long for something so much, that they would consider doing anything to get it. Can you relate?
Many would debate whether there is a ‘thing’ for each of us, that left unchallenged by a jealous God, would cause us to ‘lose our souls’ to get it. “What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?” (Mark 8:36-37) I believe that although we don’t all give in to it, we wouldn’t be human if we aren’t tempted in this way.
1 John 2:16-17 gives this admonition, “Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from Him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.” (Message Bible)
I have thoughtfully considered my own life and realize that I had been participatitng in musical whoredom. I was more dignified about it as time moved along, but it was whoredom, none the less.
In the past, I have been caught up in many musical relationships that required nothing of those with whom I was involved. I was okay with whatever attention I did or didn’t receive because of my own need and desire. If I had any small bit of validation thrown my way or seemed to be important in their lives, I was okay and would coo like a songbird, regardless of whatever else was going on. I believed that the only way that I could move further or advance musically was to deal with all the nonsense that was dished out to me. I settled for gratification that could be felt immediately, but was fleeting and left me hollow inside.
As time went on, I grew tired of being used. I raised my standards and told some people, “NO!” I required that people displayed a certain amount of respect for me, but still I was giving myself away for far less than what I was worth. At that point, I would have been considered a “high, classed w’ho’re”. I still did not understand how much I underestimated my worth and how it had affected so many of my relationships with others.
I was eventually able to break away and be joined to my One True Love. He loves me for who I am and not what I can do for Him. I dedicated myself to Him and found my real value and discovered that He had given me a new song to sing. I saw the significance of the melodies God had placed in me.
The specific details of my destiny are known only by God, as the future usually is, but this one thing is for sure. I will never be a whore for music again. I am a complete package. That’s ME… with all my uniqueness, my expressiveness, my intensity and… my PASSION.
Mm-mmm… No more free milk here! I am chosen! Are you?