As you now know, my sanity resides in my ability and opportunity to pour into others through daily life through this organization. This the song I wrote about how More-Self-Less was created, performed by my friend Nate Feuerstein. He is a young Christian rapper with a great testimony,but this song is not rap. I chose him to perform it because I knew that taking someone who typically raps and ripping them out of their comfort zone and having them actually sing would get what I wanted to convey which is a very raw and emotional sound, which is precisely what came out.
I worked on this for over a year to line up Nate, arrange time with a producer and create the right music. We finally got in studio, banged it out and it and finally released it. This is very close to my heart because as you may know, in 2010 I was self-destructing and going through a personal “storm” in my life; found myself depressed, consumed with anxiety and addicted to many drugs & alcohol. Through a conviction of my heart and God reaching out to me through a select few individuals (awesome story here), I stopped all my addictions cold turkey and replaced those by becoming addicted to helping others and my Faith in God, these revelations broke my heart in a good way and opened my eyes to a new way of life.
One Saturday night while sitting at home bored (because I was used to being at the bar) I began telling God that I would follow His ways and committed to staying clean, but I desperately needed something to fill these voids that now existed in my life. You see when you are always partying and then you remove that, there is a TON of time that wasn’t there previously! It’s pretty amazing how productive you can be when you aren’t drunk or hung over ☺. That night I literally woke up from a beautiful dream and drew the logo, the tagline, and wrote the entire website without ceasing. Since then, MSL has filled my life with hope, joy, sincere gratitude and a beauty that I never knew existed. His grace upon me is incomprehensible.
The song speaks of the story of change and transformation from bad addictions to great ones, thus the name, Beautiful Addiction. In addition our main event for MSL is called “I Dream Beautiful.” I would be honored if you would read the lyrics at the bottom of the page in the link, then download it, listen and share with others if you feel moved to. You can also provide a quick review on some of the sites and rate it. The cost is .99 and all proceeds go toward buying bikes for kids in Grand Rapids, where I reside. I believe in being transparent about my past struggles in an effort to offer hope to others who may find themselves in a similar place; searching for some light in the darkness.
Written by Brady Schmitz, Performed by Nate Feuerstein, with Music by Tommee Profitt
Born in a storm, started in a dream, n God made me realize life ain’t what it seems. Selfishly inspired, heart exposed, hit me with a passion that brought me to my knees.
I don’t wanna be, I don’t wanna be selfish, anymore, anymore. No, I don’t wanna be, I don’t wanna be selfish, anymore, no anymore.
Hearts healed. Eyes opened wide. Paradigms shifted. Communities engaged. Vindicated by Grace; God’s now in control. I’m finally addicted, to this beautiful change.
I don’t wanna be, I don’t wanna be selfish, anymore, no, no, anymore, yea. I don’t wanna be, I don’t wanna be selfish, anymore, no anymore. I don’t wanna be, I don’t wanna be, selfish anymore, oh, anymore, yea. I don’t wanna be, I don’t wanna be selfish anymore, oh anymore.
This is the time this is the moment when everything changes. This is where I, I draw the line I can no longer take it. This is the time this is the moment when everything changes, this is where I, I draw the line I can no longer take it.
Oooohhhhh, this is the time, this is the time, this is the time to change. This is the moment. Ooooohhhh yea, I draw the line I can no longer take it.