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At 39, Garth Brooks is probably the world’s most successful singer. He has sold more records than Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Elvis Presley, or any other solo act in history and he has done it in only 12 years. He has won every prize in the recording business. A few months ago he announced his retirement. Here is what he said about his decision to call it quits:

“Music is a gift from God. It just comes naturally. It’s easy and I love it. But now I’m finding that it’s not the most important thing in my life. When I look in the mirror, I see a guy full of flaws. I see the promises he made that he hasn’t kept, and I know it’s time to keep them. What I wanted when I started was to communicate to the world, and music was how I tried to do it. I can’t read or write music, but it’s what I knew, and when people respond to your music, you’ve got to look in the mirror and ask, ‘Is this what God put me here to do?”

Evidently, Garth Brooks might have looked in the mirror one morning and asked God, “God, is this what you put me here to do?” And God might have answered back, “Well, until today, it was. But today, I want you to do something else. I want you to start being a father to your children. There are promises you have made and haven’t kept, and now it’s time to keep them.”

SOURCE: Quotations from Dotson Rader, “Why He’s Coming Home”, Parade Magazine, December 16. 2001.

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