I Am The Change :: Through Music
I am Michael Coulson; a worship leader at Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay in Kaneohe, Hawaii, but everyone knows me as Paco. I am a music enthusiast, and I find the best way to express myself is sonically.
Being born and raised in Hawaii definitely has affected me growing up and plays a huge factor in how I play and make music. Not so much in a genre sense; it taught me to be independent in my work and always pioneer my own path, not just follow the path already set before me. Hawaii taught me to be my own person while still being a part of a team.
Music has always pushed me forward and inspired me. If it wasn't for the musical expression of worship and praise, Christianity wouldn't have stuck with me as far as it has. On the flipside, it's what I believe in that brings a lot of value to what I do as well. Jesus is my constant inspiration, I would never have been able to get where I am if it wasn't for Him constantly molding me to be a better follower of Him.
Worship to me is a vocal expression of our love and thankfulness towards Christ. When Jesus went up on the cross to take the burden of our sin, that was an expression of His love for us. Worship is our expression back to Him. We can never repay what He did for us, it's impossible. The vastness of His love is infinitely larger than what we can offer. But that's the amazing thing about God; He doesn't care how much we can offer, He cares about the heart behind it. In my opinion, worship is that same heart's response to the amazing phenomenon known as grace.
To me worship can be anywhere. God's Word says that wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. The Holy Spirit's presence can be just as thick in a congregation of 1000+ people as well as a small group of 5 or less, as long as the heart is there. Growing up I always thought 'worship' was the 20 minutes of service that usually happened before the sermon. As I grew older, God broke down that mindset and showed me that worship isn't a set time, but an action. That no matter where you are, if you have something to be thankful for, you can worship.
I try my best to set aside time each day to sit and worship God by myself. Whether it's playing and pouring out my heart to God vocally and musically, or putting on an instrumental track and just sitting there soaking in God's presence, I try not to let the day go by without praising God.
In your opinion — what does the world need more of?
What the world needs more of nowadays is people who are willing to step out in faith towards God's calling on their lives, especially in a creative aspect. People who are willing to create even if they don't know where to start. Pastor Carl Moore from Hope Chapel taught me that you might have the greatest idea for the greatest song, clothing brand, art piece, etc. but if you don't take that first step towards it, all it will ever be is a great idea.