Interview with Lawson Bates

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Lawson Bates is an amazing example of a Godly guy and I am so excited to be able to share this interview with you! 

Lawson is one of 19 children, a musician, entrepreneur, and a reality television star. One thing that is clear when looking at Lawson and his family is the amount of faith and love they have for the Lord. When talking about this he shared his favorite bible verses and explained why it means so much to him. 

His favorite verses is "A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”- Proverbs 16:9. He explained “We all have a calling on our lives but God's will, opens and closes the doors along the way, we just have to have 100% trust in where God wants us to be.” 

He shared one thing that  has had a huge impact on his life is reading from Proverbs every day and that is something his dad had always encouraged him to do. Lawson shared “ Reading Proverbs every day is some of the best advice my dad has ever given me, it holds so much simple truth that effects how I live every day.” 

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Growing up in a large family Lawson said he had been used to media attention and living life in the spotlight because of his family’s reality TV show Bringing Up Bates. 

His family has a huge following and he has been able to build his own platform and fan base for his music. He shared that his parents always taught him and his siblings not to look at the show or media attention as a job but as an outreach to share their faith with others. He tries not to focus on the highs of the attention or the lows of the critics but just being who God made him to be. At the end of each season after all episodes are taped his families sits down together and evaluates the positives and negatives of that year and how it can be improved upon for the next! 

Lawson shared that it was “cool to be able to look back on the seasons, and be able to literally watch everyone grow up on camera.”

One thing that comes from media attention and living a life in the public eye is opinions from critics. Lawson and I talked about how he handles some of the hurtful comments and his words were extremely encouraging. Lawson said “Negative things make me remember to respond how Jesus would respond and  treat everyone in the same way Jesus would.’ He talked about not shying away from critics because in the middle of what they say there may be some truth to learn from and to be able to use their opinions as a chance to be Godly and be pushed in faith. He said that one thing he has learned over the years is to not take things personally and to just trust in God through it all. 

Lawson is a recording country music artist and has been pursuing his musical aspirations since he was 18 years old. He met with producers to talk about his first album and they had much more success with it then they initially expected. At first he was unsure if he was going to be able too make this his career but after the first album released it had a snow ball effect and he began working with top writers and producers in the industry. He said “The first time I heard myself on the radio freaked me out way more than it did seeing myself on tv.”

He performs and does shows all throughout the year and one of his favorite songs to sing is an original song called Time. The inspiration of the song for him is about keeping the focus on the people around you in this moment and learning to appreciate this season of life. To him music is more than just something to play, it’s about changing people to have a positive perspective and allowing them to see things from positive angles. Growing up in the South Lawson said how music had always had a huge influence on him. He would listen to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra who have influenced his music today. At age 11 he taught himself how to play gutair and would take it when he would work with his dad to play in the truck between job sites. 

A way that he gives back and something he is extremely passionate is visiting sick children in hospitals and being able to do music therapy with him. Each month Lawson makes it a priority to visit his local hospital’s pediatric ward and spending time brightening the spirits of the children who are there. He started this because a few year’ back he wanted to be able to help and reached out the the local hospital to see what he could do. He said “going there helps me stay in the right perspective, I have developed relationships with the kids and families and I remember each one of them.” Of everything he has the opportunity to do he says that visiting the kids has to be one of his favorites. 

One thing that many people might know about him is his entrepreneurial spirit he has. Not only is he a musician but he also owns a business and is a sheriff in his town. When he was 15 years old he started a lawn care business that has since grown into a huge company with over 18 employees and commercial deals.  He said my dad always taught us anytime you get a opportunity to learn a new skill even if you don’t think you will need it, learn it, it  and it will help your future.” It is clear with all Lawson’s endeavors he truly does follow his father’s advice. 

Lawson has a lot of goals and dreams but he knows he is focused on following God’s plans for his life and enjoying it in the process. His best advice for other is  to focus first on building your relationship with the Lord and allowing him to always be your first priority, God has to grow you as a person before your opportunities come. 

 

Website: https://lawsonbates.com

Instagram: @lawbates

Twitter: @lawbates

Overcoming Mistakes

When I was young and I would ride my bike around the neighborhood I would always fall. Each time I fell off I would run to my house crying with a scrapped knee or elbow. My parents would take time to find out where the injury was, wash out my cuts, apply disinfectant, and then apply a band-aid. After all those cuts and scrapes they would still let me go out on my bike again and again. Each time I got hurt they would take the time to go through the process over and over again because they loved me. 

 

God is like that with us. Each time we fall and run back to him he welcomes us with loving arms. He knows exactly where our injury is and he knows how to heal and help us overcome the pain we are enduring. 2,000 years ago when Jesus hung on the cross, he did so for us to be forgiven. No matter how far we stray, once we run back to God asking for forgiveness and are aware of our sins he welcomes us back and heals our wounds. 

 

Have you ever wished to be the perfect Christian or labeled someone as such because, there is no such thing as a perfect Christian. We are all sinners who have a perfect savior. 

 

The truth is that sometimes we all fall into temptation and make mistakes. No one is perfect and I can honestly say I am far from it. In my own life I have made plenty of mistakes, messed up and fallen short. The truth is each time we  fail and fall into temptation and mess up we have God’s grace that catches us and his loving hand that leads us back to where we need to go. Recently that is something I have learned in my own life. When I fall short and make mistakes I can learn from them and take those experiences to help grow in my faith and as a person. 

 

Sometimes when there is a problem and something isn’t right it doesn’t become clear until you step back from the situation and are forced to gain a new perceptive. In my personal life from past experience I know that making a mistake can happen so fast and subtly that it doesn’t become clear until I am standing in the middle of mess that was created from actions I made. The guilt, shame and all the emotions that come from making mistakes and knowing when I was really wrong can be so overwhelming that I just don’t know how to move forward. After getting shaken and taken back from the situation reality can hit really hard and when it does it is hard to face up to being wrong.  Life is about the choices made, and with those choices come reactions and consequences. Part of moving forward and learning is owning up to the situation, being responsible for actions, identifying where I went wrong and asking God to guide and forgive me. 

 

Recently I have made mistakes in my own life and made choices that I should have done differently. Looking back on situations I know where I failed and what I could have done better. There are things that I am not proud of but they are things that I have to live with and learn from. The truth is that I am a sinner. I have made mistakes and fallen short many times. Actions have consequences and things don’t heal over night, but God’s love has and always will be there through it all. Each time I fail, God welcomes me back with love and uses the experiences to make me a stronger person and push me closer to him. 

 

My parents have always told me that some of the most important lessons I will truly learn from in life are ones I learn by falling from. Each time I stumble and fall God has been able to take it and use it as a catalyst to allow me to become wiser and teach me a lesson I need to learn. When I get myself in those situations and I don’t know how to move forward, or what to do Gods grace always saves me. 

 

There has been times in my life where I feel so close to God and there are times when I fall short and lose perspective. Each time I fail, God’s grace is always there to catch me and bring me back to him. No matter how far we stray or how wrong we are, God is a father who always welcomes us back once we are ready to repent and learn from our mistakes. 

 

Just because Jesus died on the cross for our sins doesn’t mean we have a pass to knowingly sin. Sinning is wrong and when we make mistakes we have to learn to be truly sorry and ask God to forgive us.  God will always forgive us, but he always knows what truly in our hearts. 

 

No one is immune to temptation and falling short. There is no such thing as a perfect Christian. We are all human and at times we are going to fall but if we truly are sorry God will always catch us with his grace. Each time we fall we should take those experiences, pain and heart breaks to push us back to God and help us grow stronger in our faith. 

I know from my own recent trials that I learned to take the experience and use it to be pushed back to my relationship with God and gain maturity and wisdom from the situation. 

 

You can’t go back in time and change actions, but you can move forward and choice to learn from them. 

 

There is no need to pretend to have a perfect life or be a perfect person. We all have flaws and we all make mistakes. There are moments in life that test us and we can use them  to gain maturity and grow in our walk with the Lord. We are all broken people who stumble but we have a perfect Savior. 

 

Just because we mess up, doesn’t mean we are any less than another person, it just means we are human. Stumbling is inevitable, but what matters is how you take the fall and what you do to fix the issues. 

 

What matters most in life is living for God and learning how to use each experience to serve and honor his glory. 

 

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.-Micah 7:18-19

 

How To Be Content With Your Season Of Life 

God has plans for each and every person and with those plans comes purpose and the knowledge that no matter what happens in life God's will always prevails. " Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.- proverbs 19:21

Each stage of life is like a building block. What you learn today is going to help you prepare for tomorrow but sometimes being content with today in that season of waiting isn’t always easy. It can also be hard to appreciate today while always waiting for tomorrow. 

As people we always crave more and look to jump ahead to the next stage of life. How often do you find yourself saying as soon as this happens I will be so excited or I’m so excited for the day that this is true. 

I know I am so guilty of going to Pinterest and creating a board filled with “future goals” and there is nothing wrong with having future goals and aspirations, in fact those are wonderful things. But there is something wrong when you are consumed by just living for someday and not appreciating today. 

In high school I found myself craving more by counting down days till graduation. As joyful and thankful that I was for the season of my life I was never content with just being in high school, I always wanted more. I loved Friday night footballs games, dances, walking with my friends to class and knowing almost everyone in every class, but I still didn’t completely appreciate it. With all those things I loved , I still could not wait till the next stage of life following high school graduation. I thought about how wonderful college football games would be and how much more interesting my college classes would be in comparison. Instead of just appreciating where I was, I spent so much time day dreaming and wishing I was in a different season of life.  I thought once I graduated high school and moved onto college then I would be content with being a college student. And now as a college student, in my first semester I find myself already counting down till graduation and dreaming about the next stage of my life .

But then it dawned on me. It is  a great thing to have goals, but it is an even better thing to appreciate the steps on the way to achieving those goals. Everyday is such a gift and no matter how excited I am for tomorrow, today is to be appreciated. God has each of us on our own individual paths with our own purpose. He knows what is best for us and he has his hand in every aspect of our life. So each day and challenge we experience can be used to teach us a lesson and strengthen our faith. 

Each season of life is a gift.  Today is a day you will never get back. The time you have with the people in your life right now is time you might not have in the future. No one can tell you exactly what the next season of your life will look like. With each new phase of life changes happen. Unplanned things occur and through it all you have to just trust God. 

You can dream about tomorrow, and work towards your  goals but don’t forget to appreciate today. 

My Mom and I often have long talks about life, and the passage of time. All of her words of wisdom stick with me, but one phrase  in particular that she said really left an impact on my perspective regarding the current stage of my life. 

She told me  “Gabby, If I could go back in time to feel what it was like to be young and in my parents house again and have that feeling one last time, I would go back in a heart beat”. 

That took me by surprise, because my mom is a grown woman with her own family and a lot of the wonderful things that social media says are #goals and what most my friends dream about. Of course my mom is thankful for her life and wouldn’t change a thing about who and what she has, but she wished she appreciated the moments leading up to today more. 

There are things in each person's life that can easily be taken for granted and overlooked if you keep just living for the future and forget to appreciate today. God knows what is best for us, so he knows that this stage of life, with all it is filled with, is what fits into his plans for us. 

No matter what season of life you are in, there is so much to appreciate and hold onto. Time with family, laughs with friends, days in school, working a job, time spent studying. Each person, every homework assignment and no matter what you face in each situation, it is a gift and a building block for tomorrow. 

What God is showing and teaching you in this season of life is preparing you for the person you will someday be. If you don’t experience today to the fullest you won’t be able to learn what you are going to need to know. 

Don't rush time, because it moves fast enough but remember to step back and be thankful for today. 

God has you in the place he wants you at, and with his Good and perfect will his plans for your life are going to prevail. 

 

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”-

1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

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