As I think back on 20 years of ministry it amazes me how there have been particular seasons when God has chosen to use me in unique ways. Just the thought of being used by God is humbling. There is nothing in me that has deserved that. I can almost categorize different time periods with titles. They weren’t so much the specific job I held but the way God has brought out and developed certain parts of me during certain years.
This has taught me that God really is in charge and can do whatever He wants with me. When I embrace that truth, it is so good. This has also taught me that when those seasons are over, I need to let them be over. It is a good thing to let go because it means God has something else good in store.
From about 1997-2003 could be labeled, “The Songwriter”. Music has been an important part of my life since I was a kid. I started to play instruments as a 7 year old. I have a degree in music. I love a good rock guitar solo more than most things in the world.
During the years 1997-2003 I was working as a college minister in Little Rock, Ar. Prior to that I had written a bunch of songs but none of them were particularly “holy”. But something happened in 1997, not sure what, that lit a fire in me to write songs of worship for the ministry that I was serving in. I almost could not help but write and then lead our ministry to sing them. It wasn’t a pride thing but more like giving a voice to what God was doing around us. It was writing the prayers, celebration, and confessions that we needed to sing.
So I wrote a lot of songs. I wrote constantly. I almost could help but write. Honestly, many of those songs were pretty bad, but there were a hand full that seemed to be what that group of college students needed to stay. It was wild. One of the most humbling things I have experienced in ministry is hearing a room full of people worshiping God while singing a song I wrote.
I still have a stack of songs from back then laying around and it is like reading through a journal. They bring up such good memories of those students. Such a sweet time, when I was a song writer.
Here are the lyrics to one of my favorites. It was very personal to me and still a song that I need to sing.
Words and Music by Doug Hunt, 2001
Less of me, more of You
Purify me, refine me
Strip me clean, make me whole
Simplify me, guide me
Take away the things that steal from Your fame
Fill me with the truth that glorifies Your Name
Wipe away the things that cover You in me
Overflow my life with what You long to see
Make me more like You
Jesus live Your life through me
Free me from myself
Jesus have Your way in me
Living in You
Moving in You
Hoping in You
Jesus I need You