Let Go


A Great Goodness will lead you to your true self…if you surrender to it.

(Listen to my song “Listen to Your Heart” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Ephesians 3:7

Of this I became a minister by the gift of God’s grace that was granted me in accord with the exercise of his power.


Have you ever looked back something good that happened in your life and wondered how in the world it ever came to pass?

If anyone had told me 20 years ago that I would one day be ministering to the sick, the imprisoned, and the poor…and would have four albums of original music along with a published book of daily devotions, I would have said you were crazy.

At that time, I was quite miserable delivering bad news as a radio news anchor. I felt like I was acting…like I was a phony.

While I was good at the job…I knew deep inside that I was meant to do something else…but had no idea what.

I had to run out of all of my own options to find relief first…before I finally surrendered.

That happened late in the afternoon on the first Friday of March in 1997. That’s the time I “heard” in my heart these words:

“Get you guitar.”

It was a bizarre thought out of left-field. You see…I hadn’t touched my guitar in ten years and had hardly played it since I was a kid.

What followed was a slow process of writing soul-searching songs.

That led me back to college and eventually to becoming a youth minister…a full ten years after the “get your guitar” revelation.

My new job also required overseeing the social justice work for the church that hired me. That led me to working to help the poor as well as jail ministry.

Eventually I was led to chaplaincy training and then into pastoral care of the sick…for the same church that hired me.

Today…I have never felt more inner peace, contentment and joy.

It has all happened by God’s grace and power.

I am very thankful!

What is your calling?

I can tell you that it will be some form of service.

Are you listening to God’s silent voice in your heart?


Listen to the song of the day “Listen to Your Heart” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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