Gospel pioneer Kirk Franklin shared some advice he received for the new year while battling depression and anxiety amid a string of deaths among his friends.
"In 2019, I experienced a high amount of loss in my life. I went to more funerals in 2019 than I've ever been to in my life. I went to the funerals of friends, the funerals of people's parents and the funeral of people's kids and it was a lot," the performer took stated on Instagram Friday.
Franklin was a support to his pastor, Tony Evans, in the recent loss of his wife, Christian artist TobyMac, who buried his 21-year-old son, and others. The magnitude of loss surrounding Franklin took a toll on him and brought on anxiety.
"It just really brought a lot of anxiety. To me, I really struggle with a lot of anxiety and really got into a funk that I couldn't really get out of. [It was] this just really dark funk, that I was in, depression, battling it. Not only that, just the anx that death can bring to you also is this anxiety about the future. It's a fear of who's next, what's next?" Franklin confessed.
The gospel music trailblazer decided to jump on a call with his "godly" therapist while in the Dominican Republic, where he currently went to decompress.
"I was just talking to him about being very anxious and very consumed with fear and worry and just the struggle with it all. He said, 'When I begin to live a life of gratitude, more gratitude then I will begin to be more selfless because fear is rooted in self," Franklin said.
"Think about it, when you start a fearful conversation it's 'What about me? What's going to happen to me? How am I going to pay my bills? How am I going to make it? They're going to hurt me, I'm going to get sick, I'm going to lose this'... Everything starts with I, it's very self-focused. So if we can begin to live a life of gratitude, always giving thanks even when things are dark, they could be darker."
His trip to the Dominican Republic also helped him to realize how fortunate he is. Franklin said he's witnessed "seven and eight and nine people sleep in one bedroom with no electricity, no windows." He also talked about the danger of sex trafficking in the country.
"I promise you. It can be worse. So living a life of gratitude, then you will begin to be more selfless, give God thanks for what He has already done," the Texas native continued.
Franklin shared one final piece of advice his therapist gave him.
"He said to me 'Kirk, you need to be more grateful.' I'm saying it to you this way. 'I am a miracle I am not acknowledging.' You need to say that to yourself; you need to look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'I am a miracle I am not acknowledging' because when we're so busy worrying and in fear or whatever, we forget that because it could be worse. Seeing another day is a miracle."
Franklin reflected, "The fact that we're still alive is another miracle, the fact that we still have the activities of our limbs, the fact that we made it this far, that we were not stillborn, that that we're here. We are a miracle we are not acknowledging. Hope that encourages you, it encouraged me ... Have a strong year."
Courtesy of The Christian Post
I have been a fan of Kanye since I first heard him on his first album ‘The College Drop Out’ which featured his single ‘Jesus Walks.’ He has great flow and the productions are always tight. In Sept ’19 when I heard that Kanye was going to drop a Gospel album, I couldn’t wait for it. I would check my iTunes regularly to see if the album is out. Come Oct 25th, the album ‘JESUS IS KING’ was finally dropped and I was excited to download it and get to listen to it..nonstop. Not surprising to me was this long awaited album, Jesus Is King reached #1 on the US Billboards charts. He also has some very interesting collaborations on the album like ‘hands On’ feat Fred Hammond and ‘Use This Gospel’ feat Clips and Kenny G on the sax.
The album is different from what you’re used to listening from Kanye. Not much beats if your looking for that, this is not that album. But the content is solid.
Kanye, who now has 9 albums under his belt, has had some radical transformation in his journey of life, especially now with his new faith in Jesus Christ. You can feel it in his songs. The 10 track album has been a great album for me to listen to and given me some fresh “impetus” in my Christian walk. It has great content and not only about his new found faith in Christ, but he highlights some social issues like the challenges African Africans have faced over the years e.g. Three strikes and about how their population in prisons has grown from 1:4 to 1:3.
My favorite track is ‘God Is’. It got me from the moment it started and took me to a place where I reflected about a time I journaled who God is to me. I wrote many things. Maybe there pages… and I would encourage you to do the same. It will give you a new perspective of your personal Jesus.
For a couple of my friends, his jam ‘Hands On’ featuring Fred Hammond is the illest. Check out this lyrics:
Told people God was my mission
What have you been hearin' from the Christians?
They'll be the first one to judge me
Make it feel like nobody love me
I choose to celebrate this new Kanye. I cheer you on bro. Go ahead and Grab or download this album and enjoy listening to it.
This is a great album from Andy Mineo, one that is rich in content, depth and he keeps it very real.
Work In Progress is comprised of tracks that have sat on Andy Mineo’s hard drive for years, not surfacing for multiple reasons. Each track is also accompanied by a podcast explaining the meaning of the song and also going into more depth on the topic of the track.
In a 2019 interview with RESPECT Magazine, Andy described Work In Progress:
This project is called Work In Progress and it’s basically a mixtape podcast hybrid. So these records have been sitting around on my hard drive for like a year to years. Some even date back to 2014 but they’re records that never came out for various reasons. We just wanted to use this year to get myself back into the music and recording process. I just came out with the idea of including the podcast to describe the full journey of this process.