By Seth Williams
June 20, 2014
"The legacy I want to leave for my children is that they saw a husband who loved his wife, and a father who loved their mother."
I met Luke years ago when we worked together at a speakers bureau in Nashville. He's one of the nicest guys around, and he has a huge heart for Jesus and others. I'll never forget when he first told me he was in a band called for KING & COUNTRY with his brother Joel. At the time they weren't really well known yet (funny to say now). He would instant message me their demo songs that would eventually be on their debut album, Crave. Years later, for KING & COUNTRY is now a huge Christian pop duo that is inspiring the world for Jesus. They recently won Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards. Luke and his wife, Courtney, welcomed their first baby, Jude, back in 2012, and are expecting their second in December. Below is a window into Luke's story. It's an honor and pleasure to share it with you. Luke lives in Nashville with his wife, Courtney, and son, Jude.
What's your favorite album of all time?
Hmmm, I’d have to go with Switchfoot’s The Beautiful Letdown. I’d torn my ACL in the first basketball game of my junior year in high school and that album became my rehab music!
What's your favorite Nashville coffee shop?
Well, I don’t really drink coffee currently but I do enjoy Fido in Hillsboro Village. It’s busy but the food is lovely!
How does your faith in Jesus define your life?
I try to have my faith define everything that I do. I mean, I look at the music that I make and the life that I live...I think for me to not have my faith be intertwined into every bit of it to me seems like the wrong way to go about life. So, you get one shot at living here on earth, and for me I want to make Jesus famous, and I also want my legacy to be defined by my love for Christ.
How has your faith been challenged, grown, and strengthened since the birth of your little boy, Jude?
You know, you've heard a lot of people say that when you have kids it changes your relationship with Christ because you see how much God really loves us and how much He loved His Son that He would give Jesus up to die on the cross. And for me that's been incredibly true. I remember when he was first born, you know, you have all these little things, little doctors appointments and all that, and every time you go in there you're doing everything you can to make sure your kid's healthy, to make sure this, that, and the other, and Jude was jaundice when he was first born. And they said if he doesn't get better, you're going to have to bring him back into the hospital and we're going to have to put him under a UV light. And for me, I remember seeing that I had this UV light in the house and I held him every day for however long to make sure he got plenty of UV light because I loved him so much. And that was just one example where I realized, man, I've got a son now, and yet there's no way that I can ever love my little boy Jude as much as Christ loves me. And that to me really has changed my faith an incredible amount.
How do you see your faith play out in the music you make and the whole experience of being in a traveling band?
Well, I want to make sure in my life that my faith is always on display. I actually try to say that the stage is what helps hold me accountable to what I say and do offstage, because, you know, I try to make sure that the things that I'm saying offstage line up with what I'm saying onstage, and vice versa. And so, for me, my faith is incredibly important in every aspect of my career. Without it, it doesn't make sense. But I think the biggest thing for me is my legacy isn't necessarily found in my career in music. My legacy is how I love my wife and how I love my son. Those to me trump my career as far as writing songs or being on stage. If I was to have a great career but lose my family, to me that would probably be the most difficult thing that I could have take place in my life. So, in a way, success in my mind is having a successful family.
What in your life challenges and grows your faith the most?
Struggle is what grows my faith the most. I got very very sick last year, to the point that I had to come off the road for about two and a half months, and a lot of times I have people coming up asking me how I'm feeling, and I'm still not feeling great but I'm well enough now, and to be able to work, and to be able to travel...and people say, "Oh, so you're all better, right, and everything's good?" And I say, no, not necessarily. And they say, "Oh, I'm so sorry that you got sick. I'm so sorry that all those things happened." And you know what? The funny part is the struggle has been the best thing, honestly, that's ever happened to me. If I wasn't, and I didn't have this sickness, I wouldn't be the same person that I am today. And so, for me, I don't want to go through that pain and the agony of that whole process again, but if I had the option to know what I know now because of what I went through, I would choose to go through that again because struggle has a way of awakening our souls, and has a way of getting our attention like nothing else in this world does. For me, struggle is certainly what grows my faith the most.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind for your children?
The legacy I want to leave for my children is that they saw a husband who loved his wife, and a father who loved their mother, because I think we're always going to make mistakes as parents, but when they know that their parents love each other, that covers a multitude of sins. And you know, I also want them to know that their parents love the Lord and would do anything that they could in their lives to follow in His leading and His guidance. For me, that's the legacy that I want to leave for my children.
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