Des Thomas has just delivered another treasure out of the storehouse with the release of his third music video from the album Finally Free. The song, Audience of One, featuring Desmond Mitchell, is a composition laid out much like a grid of brisk motion and energy, with a calming current flowing through the heart of it, kinda like Thomas is Jacksonville and Mitchell is the St. John’s…it just works. The music video does a nice job capturing this feeling, with footage shot Downtown, the Westside, and along the St. John’s River. Bold City Voice was able to capture a few words from our friend Des Thomas—
“On a day to day basis, we are constantly faced with decisions and circumstances which battle for our attention. Anything from the simplest matter to the biggest problem. Either way, in most cases, these are distractions that are designed to take our focus off of God and place our focus completely on the problem or circumstance. It’s at that point where we begin to trust in our own abilities to deal with the issues instead of taking our problems to God. He actually wants us to bring our concerns and issues to Him, because He cares and wants to be involved with our everyday lives. This actually creates an even closer relationship with God, which He wants from us more than we could imagine.
“God had already worked it all out for my benefit but I was too busy staring down the problems to notice.”
“When I wrote this song, I was experiencing a lot of issues that ranged from church hurt—dealing with “religious people” and the “system of religion”—to racism on my job, and problems in my marriage and family. I took my mind completely off God and tried dealing with my problems on my own which put me in a deep depression. It was when I put my focus back on God and His love and grace that those problems quickly dissolved—by simply focusing on the fact that He made me good enough and thought highly of me, not because of anything I could do but because of what Jesus had already done. I learned that He provided everything I’ll ever need to succeed with the power of His grace. God had already worked it all out for my benefit but I was too busy staring down the problems to notice.
“Instead of focusing on our problems, God wants us to focus on His love for us and His willingness to help us with our problems. We have God’s attention daily. Whether we know it or not, He is paying attention to us. He is our audience. We just don’t always acknowledge that He is there. He is waiting for us to include Him. He wants to protect us, love us and give us direction that He knows we need. The question is whether or not we will keep Him at the center of our lives to where we feel free to talk to Him about anything and everything. God once told me, “Even the things you’re afraid to bring to me or think I don’t want to know about, bring them to me anyway and leave them with Me.” He wants you to talk to Him about it all. He wants you to focus on Him no matter what you may be dealing with. He sees you dealing with it, He just wants you to acknowledge you need Him.
“If I perform a song, I’m performing it to please Him. If I give someone a dollar, it pleases Him. Whatever the case may be, He is the one that matters the most.”
“God also told me something so simple that helped me understand how to deal with difficult people. He said, “Love them the way you want them to love you.” With those words, I was able to understand that it’s love that people need to encounter and that’s what changes hearts. That understanding put my focus back on God and now I see Him in everything. Walking with Jesus enables me to look through the lens of love even when I don’t want to. If I perform a song, I’m performing it to please Him. If I give someone a dollar, it pleases Him. Whatever the case may be, He is the one that matters the most. God is in a class of His own. He stands alone and will remain an Audience of One.”