I grew up in northwest Tasmania, taking an active role in music at church. Most weeks during our teens, my best friend, Paul, and I played hymns on our cornets up the front of church. At age 16, inspired by artists like Amy Grant and David Meece, we started a Christian band called Anastasis, which means “resurrection” in Greek. We had great passion but minimal talent. Little by little our writing and performing skills improved. We recorded our first album by age 18.
But music took a back seat as I grew older. Following the breakdown of my marriage, I struggled with depression.
. . . we’re starting with great passion but minimal talent, but we believe God will help us develop the skills and give us the resources we need to glorify Him.
Some years later, our church got a new minister—David Edgren. I gave him a call. As we talked, he helped me identify the passion I’d lost: writing and recording Christian music. I wrote my first song in 15 years with Dave. I found the process challenging, but God gave me inspiration, motivation and the passion to persist. I regained my sense of identity and purpose in Christ.
Writing the song “The Journey” served as a healing process for me. I’ve heard several stories of how it touched other people’s lives. I’m amazed how God has used my struggles to help carry others through difficult times.
My wife and I and some of our friends have now established a music ministry called Firesong. We use it to record and publish music by Seventh-day Adventists in Tasmania and to support them in using their gifts for God’s purpose. Again, we’re starting with great passion but minimal talent, but we believe God will help us develop the skills and give us the resources we need to glorify Him.
Jason Cook, with Lisa Holland, won the prize for best entry in the Institute of Worship Song Composing Competition at the 2012 Manifest Creative Arts Festival. Jason is pictured receiving the prize. <www.artsmanifest.info>.