There is a new brouhaha that involves Taylor Swift and Apple. This issue from Swift’s perspective is about Apple is giving away free music for 30 days from artists that have music in iTunes.
What Swift is saying, using her buying power, is to take issue with Apple’s handling of music by independent artists.
It’s an all to often issue in business.
Here is what Swift says,
“We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out.
Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.”
But here is the issue against Swift.
Matt 7:7 (Amplified Bible) Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.
The question is the start of the answer
Most Christian parents ask their children when they come home from school, “What did you learn today?” Jewish parents, on the other hand, ask their children, “Did you ask a good question today?”
As Christians, we’re not to act like Christian drones as part of a “Christian collective” like the Star Trek enemy The Borg, a fictional alien race that appears as recurring antagonists in the Star Trek series. We’re to ask questions and actively engage our brains to learn, to grow, and then do what is right based on who we are and who we work with.
Stationed at Hill AFB, UT I attended the Bible Church of Salt Lake where Pastor Charles E. Clarke did expository preaching. He used Greek, Hebrew, history, and biblical categories to expound biblical truths, for instance taking three years to go word by word through the book of Ephesians. He showed the depth of what could be learned and the richness and confidence that came with the knowledge that was gained.
For instance, in Matt 7:7 the Greek verbs ask, seek, and knock are all in the present tense, active voice, and in the imperative mood. The greek imperative mood says we’re commanded to continually “keep on asking/seeking/knocking.” But what are questions and answers?
In our journey of life, we too often see or want to see that we’ve “arrived” at our life’s destination. We’ve “made it” and no longer do we have to struggle. That we can rest and take it easy. That there is no more for us to do.
Coast. Relax. Retire.
But that is not the case.
Far from it.
God wants to lead us further down life’s path toward not only the unknown, but to do greater good. Below is my latest guest blog article that talks about what God has in store for us and how we’re to see ourselves. Our life is not a destination, but a true journey that He is leading.
I was at our men’s group last week with a great group of men. We’re all learning how to grow in our Christian walk, stumbling at times, but the men reach out and give a hand up to help each of us to continue to move forward.
One of the men, Mike, described that he always knows that God is there for him because he described a number of “encounters” that told him that God was watching out for him. But he still felt that God was not “close to him” in his walk.
My good friend Jimmy Graham, a former Navy SEAL himself, responded to Mike that God showed Himself during his events should be “enough” to show God is there with him. But there was more to this story.
God pinged me His thoughts about this subject, and Jimmy’s SEAL experience came to light to describe what I was to learn. As I have told Jimmy before, I listen to his every word because I’m a learner that looks for “iron sharpens iron” opportunities to learn and grow.
While this discussion was a God “ping” to me for sure, I needed some time to digest this new information, to fully grasp the entire message God wanted me to know. Here is what I have learned.
This has been a rather interesting week for me. Was invited to a luncheon held by Nation Christian Foundation of Colorado, met some interesting new people there (including Gary Hoag of Generosity Monk where his It’s a Wonderful Life life and business illustration prompted me to write this blog post), and then meeting and connecting with a number of other people. The events of the week hit me all at once.
I had a George Bailey moment.
You know the moment. George has been working all his life, feeling like he’s spinning, working, and seemed like he was getting no where. While for some, their George Bailey moment is a negative one of desperation and they’re at the end of their spiritual, physical, or emotional ropes. To others, it becomes a positive one with clouds clearing and it’s a moment of clarity, when George Bailey sees that he IS wealthy and loved. Still others, it is being “in the moment” and taking in what is happening, soaking up the joy that they’re encountering and pondering it like Mary did with her life events.
Luk 2:19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.
But let’s walk through to my moment.