One of the perks of ministry is that sometimes you get to tag along for pretty cool trips. Not vacations really, but opportunities. This weekend is one of those as me and my boy Russ Wallace, a.k.a. Th.Kid (“The Kid”) will head to New York City. It’s there where he’ll be doing interviews and looking to blaze some trails in the “Big Apple” to take his craft to the next level.
I hate using generalizations, so I would hate labeling Russ as a “Christian rapper”. He’s much more than that as I’ve gotten to know him both personally and professionally. He’s a real artist that has written and produced most of his music on his own (with influence from and reliance upon the Holy Spirit).
I’m more of a guitar kind-of-guy, so the rap genre is somewhat lost on me. But talent and excellence can break through the barriers of personal preference! Th.Kid is a great example of this.
I really can appreciate his stuff and most folks do once they hear it! This has helped make him one of the top artists in his category on ReverbNation.
His new album, “RE:Invent” drops next week and it’s truly a work of the soul. Russ has poured himself into this, with his time, money, sanity (kidding, sort of), and at the expense of relationships. But he sees this as a ministry and as I can attest to, personal sacrifices and following God go hand-in-hand.
What if we all could express ourselves with bold, relentless passion? Where we gave 100%, knowing that our life in this world is temporary, but points to eternity?
James 4:14 tells us,
“You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
Christ-followers believe we have the hope and promise of everlasting life with God, through His Son Jesus Christ. While we must do everything we can on earth, it is not everything. We are not beholden to “bucket lists” but instead driven by the mindset of stewardship. With the opportunities and abilities we’re given, what are we doing with them to lead others to Christ?
Russ is using his gifts to uniquely express himself and his faith. He’s not a pastor or seminary graduate, and he would be the first to tell you that. Thankfully, neither of those are requirements for obedience to God’s calling as being light to this dark world.
That theme is what his song, “Candlelights” is focused on. Check it out!
Look out for “RE:Invent” coming soon to iTunes, Google Play, and just about everywhere else.
For more info on Th.Kid, visit his website: www.thekidbooking.com
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