Curt Anderson grew up in the small town of Ithaca, Michigan, dreaming of a music career. He’s just wrapped up a tour of Australia for his new album, so his dream definitely came true. But in his new hit single, Keep Me Falling, Curt reminds himself not to lose perspective on that dream.
In the song, he asks God not to let him forget what really matters. ‘It became a song of wanting to keep myself in check that my true treasure is in Christ, and in my family. And then everything else kind of comes after that.’
He knew that if his career aspirations or even his ministry became more important to him than his relationship with God, his life would become a mess. ‘I want to be continually falling in love with Truth and the love of Christ, and then hopefully that allows everything else to find its natural place in my life.’
We all know of testimonies that describe people’s lives completely changing when they find God. But Curt’s story isn’t so dramatic. ‘I think we almost get caught up in this thing where we feel like our story has to be a certain way. It’s got to be this miraculous turning from craziness to seeing the light, if you will.’
‘For a number of years, I thought: well, what’s my story then? I grew up in a Christian home. I feel like most of the time when I was presented with junk and things that were thrown at me, I chose the good path to go down, instead of the negative.’
He says what he’s learned can be summed up in this line from Keep Me Falling: ‘You are steady when I’m shaken.’ Curt’s story is one of being confronted by difficult choices and learning to choose Christ.
‘I believe wholeheartedly that God takes our messes, takes our failures, our doubts and screw-ups. He makes beautiful things from our broken pieces. In the times in my life when things were shaken up and messy, I was able to trust that Christ was steady throughout and that’s where I tried to put my focus.’
He makes beautiful things from our broken pieces
Though raised as a Christian, it wasn’t until his teenage years that Curt chose to actually live as a Christian. As he points out, being a genuine follower of Christ changes who you are and how you interact with the world.
‘It says in the Bible: they will know who you are by your love. They will know you’re followers of Me through your love. So that’s the way I’ve tried to live. I want to show other people the love of Christ through my actions.’
One of the actions he took was approaching people who didn’t get along with him.
‘I don’t know why we don’t get along,’ he said to one of them, ‘and it’s not like we’re going to be best friends or anything, but I’m sorry. Whatever it was, I’m sorry.’
Curt realised that language was powerful and, at times, he’d used language to hurt others. ‘If you’re using language at people, or to put people down, degrade them, or speak unkindness, that’s where the line is for me.’
‘I did use language to degrade people at various points. On the bus in third grade, I remember sitting next to a boy I wasn’t very nice to. Eventually we got to high school and I apologised for that. Just those little things that you can do can change how you live your day and how people remember you. That’s how you change the world around you. I think that’s what started to make up my story. I learned how to seek Christ’s steadiness in my shakiness, and change, little by little, those things.’
It’s still a daily process. As Curt sings in Keep Me Falling: ‘But some days you know I get lost, and I can’t tell when I’m upside down or on the right side of up.’
Even if we’ve known Christ our whole lives, we can all still struggle to keep the Word in our hearts and in our mouths. Curt’s song is a powerful reminder of how important seeking the steadiness of Christ in everything we do is. ‘Be the breath I take and draw me into You,’ he says. That’s something we should all be praying for.