Every year Worship Leader magazine announces its “Reader’s Choice” awards. They give their readers a limited list, and ask them to choose their favorite artists, songs, and albums from the previous year. This year I was happy to learn that Sons & Daughters was nominated for two categories: Best Worship Project and Best Compilation Project.
I have mixed feelings about Christians giving out awards to each other, especially in the music world. On the one hand, I know awards are an attempt to recognize and promote what most people think is worthwhile, beneficial, or glorifying to the Lord. That’s great. We’re to give honor to whom honor is owed (Rom. 13:7) On the other hand, I know that the true value of any ministry, church, or song can’t be determined by a survey. We’ll all find out on the last day (1 Cor. 4:1-5). The fact that a lot of people like what we do is no guarantee that 1) God likes it; 2) it’s better than things that are lesser known; 3) we’re doing it for the right reasons; or 4) we’re doing what God has called us to do.
As I looked at the list of nominations this year there were a number of albums and songs I think are outstanding. We’re really honored to be in their company. There were also folks I’d love to see included, like my friends from Sojourn Music.
That being said, we wouldn’t produce albums if we didn’t want people to hear them, use the songs on them, and benefit from them. So for that reason alone, I’m grateful that more people will become aware of Sons & Daughters through the Reader’s Choice awards. We want people to feed on the truths, realities, and joys of knowing that through Jesus Christ we have been adopted into God’s family, and that’s what Sons & Daughters is all about.
Enough philosophizing. If you like what we’re doing at Sovereign Grace Music, go over to the Worship Leader site and vote!