As I was writing today a song from the incredible new Mercy Me album, All That is Within Me, was playing on the iTunes radio station. It reminded me of Bart Millard’s explanation for the name of their group. We were on a John Tesh cruise together last year and Bart told how he and two friends formed their little group and started signing at church camps. They would receive a “love offering” and with those contributions of $20 and $30 would attempt to buy hotdogs for the week and put gas in their car.
One evening he was describing their then current situation to his Grandma. In exasperation Grandma said, “Mercy me Bart, why don’t you just get a real job?” And thus the name, Mercy Me, was birthed. And eight million albums and seven Dove awards later, Bart can laugh about Granny’s frustration.
How many of you had a Grandma, or a Mom or Dad, or Uncle Harry or respected teacher who told you to forget your dreams and just get a real job? My own Dad understands milking cows or picking corn to create income and encouraged me to do the same. He still doesn’t fully comprehend why people pay me for just talking and writing. I’m not sure I do either — it’s just that I love what I’m doing — and I sure don’t miss those cows!
Yeah, that’s Bart and me in the photo.