“As followers of Christ we are allowed to do the things that make us jump up and down when we think about doing them.” -Emily Haas
I am unbelievably excited to launch this project today, and am even more excited to be sharing the dreams of one of my favorite people in the entire world. Emily Haas is a mountain climber, an incredibly wise and talented woman of God, and an incredible musician and artist. She has been more of an encouragement to me than almost anyone else in chasing my dreams, and so it only makes sense to start this project where it all began. Read the sweet sweet words of an incredible woman.
What is your dream?
I want to live musically. I want to know what it feels like to silence a strategically lighted room full of strangers and then build them up in a rising chorus fueled by graceful guitar licks and crashing symbols. My dream is to write and jam and cook dinner with close friends; my dream is to be able to pick up any instrument and help it produce something magical. A few bitter Michigan weeks ago, while reflecting on some important words from a friend, I remarked that the process of sounding out a song was the nervous joy of picking up a pebble only to discover it contained the entire universe inside its tiny frame – at once, all is fragile and mighty and I know God is deeply and powerfully good.
Why are you chasing your dream?
It took a while to figure out that the best way to be good at something is to suck at it a while. Oh, how my desire for perfection disagrees with that perspective! It took me about twenty years to taste even an inkling of my freedom in Christ but especially in the context of grace & gifts.
As followers of Christ we are allowed to do the things that make us jump up and down when we think about doing them. The beautiful things in our lives are a result of a creative and good God – there is always an avenue for us, as believers, to create, climb mountains, to take out the recycling in a way that brings glory to Christ.
I truly believe that and certainly don’t practice glory-perspective as often as I’d like – but what joy when my mind and heart are aligned in thanksgiving and submission to the One Good Thing.
So, why now?
Because I’m alive now. I will hold fast to the goodness of my God and not the lie that “I’m not good enough,” because shoot, I freaking love to do this. So what if I don’t get to be Neko Case or Regine Chassagne – I’ll have worked diligently at something magic.
I will have discovered and developed pieces of myself that the liar would of preferred to have kept secret.
I always thought to have a shot with music I would have to be someone’s parasite – I have since realized that I must work, ask for help and invite others in if I want to accomplish what I dream of – which is to learn, create and encourage.
Emily is selling her album, the Seven Psalms Project, for $10 to fundraise for her summer at Wilderness Ranch. This is a purchase you will not regret.
You can find her music here:
Thank you, Emily, for chasing your dream and for sharing it with us. You are brave and encouraging and faithful. Thank you.