Ron’s dream in life was to be in the music industry. He not only wanted to perform on stage, but be a promoter and producer, as well. A bright guy with plenty of drive, Ron got an education, experience in the field and finally worked his way to the big-time while still a young man.
His music universe was R&B and Rap. Ron’s own rap group was the opening act for some national groups, and he also found success behind the scenes in promotion and production.
The pinnacle of Ron’s success came when he salvaged the promotion of a show at the 11th hour and got to open with his own group for rapper Ludacris. Backstage was all the trappings that go with big-time rap concerts and he was living large – on the outside.
But in the midst of it all – Ron couldn’t believe it – on the inside he had thoughts like, "Is this all there is? Shouldn’t I be feeling lots more than I am right now? "
Even on stage giving a good performance, he found himself strangely empty. That night was a moment of clarity for Ron. When the show was over, all he felt was – been there, done that and got the tee-shirt to prove it! There was no sense of accomplishment or enthusiasm for the next show.
Booze and drugs had been a constant part of Ron’s professional life but now they did nothing to help the emptiness he felt. Thus began a spiritual journey that eventually led Ron to Helping Up Mission.
It’s been less than 6 months but he’s found his passion for music, promotion and production again. Now it centers on spiritual music and he’s also found peace and contentment in his soul.
Admittedly, it hasn’t been that long and but this Jesus stuff is working pretty well for Ron these days. He also understands how it works…
One Day at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers