First, God graced Rascal Flatts frontman Gary LeVox with a voice. Then He gave him a platform.
In the new issue of Two Ten Magazine, LeVox talks candidly about his faith and the blessings God has given him. And it sounds like, at first, LeVox wasn't sure how he should use that first gift -- his voice.
"Faith is believing in the things you can't see, and I always had that," he said. "But when I started thinking about moving to Nashville, I truly felt the presence of God standing in that kitchen right next to me.
"I said, 'Lord, I am so sorry, because I think I sound as good as the guys on the radio or at least I could try to sound as good as them. I think you have given me a certain gift, and I'm just so sorry for not using it. I know you wouldn't have given it to me if you didn't want me to use it.'"
Then it was off to Nashville, LeVox's band was born and he could start sharing his voice and, eventually, his morals and values. He realized that because of his celebrity status, he could become somewhat of a faithful role model.
"I feel like God graced us with a platform where we can not only touch people's lives through music but by being men of God offstage, too," he said. "At those times when we are with fans that are going through something like cancer, it is so wonderful to not only sing for them but to hold their hand and pray with them. I want them to know that they have a friend in me.
"I'm not just some guy on the stage," LeVox added. "I feel like Christ has put me in this position because He knew I could handle the obligation, which often means taking the time to lift someone up in prayer."