I watched the Dove Awards a few weeks ago. For those who do not know, they are basically the Grammys for Christian music.
Back when I was 17, I had just started to learn to play acoustic guitar and I was leading worship for my youth group. I had purchased Chris Tomlin’s first cd which included lyrics with chords for each song. I spent hours on end every day pounding away until I was able to play and sing with the cd.
When I first met Chris I told him how grateful I was to him for having a heart for the church to worship God and for writing songs that even a terrible player like me can hang with. When Chris first got into writing worship songs and making albums and touring, he wasn’t that great of a musician. Sure his music now is more complex for musicians with more complicated vocal parts, but Chris is not a rock star and he will not blow anyone away with his musical abilities.
Back when I was 17, Chris Tomlin inspired me to lead my generation in a cry of worship to God. That inspiration flows into everything that I do today. Simply put, I wouldn’t be doing what I do if it wasn’t for Chris Tomlin.
The past 2 years he has won the Dove Award for Artist of the Year and this year he won for Male Vocalist of the Year. God has taken Chris’s heart of worship to turn him into the premier artist in Christian music.
Thanks Chris, for your passion to worship Jesus and for leading a generation that desires to seek after what it means to worship in spirit and truth.