Dear Younger Me | Bj’orn Pierre

Bj'orn Pierre | Artist to Artist, Faith, Reflection & Growth | October 1, 2023

I remember being 6 years old, sitting in my front yard staring at the sky, and seeing myself on a stage singing to many people. My young mind didn’t understand then that God was showing me His plan for my future. I always knew I had the talent to sing and write songs, but I never saw the path to being successful at doing it. That being said, I spent my teenage years exploring music, and it came with many hurdles, disappointments, and moments of doubt. If I could have written a letter to myself then, knowing what I know now, it would go something like this.

Hey Bjorn,

I’m writing this message not to give you a life map for your future but rather to give you some wisdom and encouragement for the long road ahead. Firstly, making music to be popular will result in disappointment. If your end goal is pleasing people, you will be like a hamster on a wheel running to no end and eventually falling on your face, drained and discouraged. Your gift was given to you by God for his purpose, not yours. Seek to create music that pleases God and brings glory to His name. People will always have an opinion, but once you are certain that you are doing what you were called by God to do, you will have peace and a fulfilling life.

Secondly, please do not make money your first priority when following your passion. Yes, I know you are young, and music is expensive, with having to buy studio equipment and the other necessities to improve your music quality, but if you let money drive your passion, then money will change the mission of your passion. I have seen firsthand the financial provision of God in my life where He gave just what was needed in every season. Also, the lessons you will learn in your seasons of struggle will be the main ingredient that keeps you humble in your winning season.

As we’re on the topic of struggles, this brings me to my third and final word of advice. Being a disciple of God does not mean you are exempted from struggle. In spite of this, please don’t let your struggles stop you from being a disciple of God; use your struggles to your advantage. Be honest with yourself, and be transparent in your ministry. Don’t feel that you have to be a perfect example of a human being to be a disciple of God. Sometimes, showing your weaknesses and your struggle to overcome your weaknesses will actually do more in winning souls for the kingdom of God than a pretentious perfect image ever could. Don’t get me wrong, you should be striving daily for Christ to perfect His character in your life, but please allow yourself grace when you fail to meet the mark.

Bj’orn, as I end this letter, I want you to know that God knew the plans He had for you before you were even born. As you walk this journey of life, please be confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Love you, man!

Trinidadian born Bj’orn Pierre began his career in music with a Casio synthesizer and a wild imagination. Against this humble backdrop, he nurtured his God-given talent by writing songs and creating melodies. This childhood hobby has now blossomed into a lifestyle of ministering the love of God to others, through music. He won 3rd place for video arts in both the 2020 and 2022 Engage Art Contest. You can find more about him in our Gallery (go to the bottom of the page to see both winning artworks), on Facebook or on Instagram.

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