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How has your life changed since "Here I Am to Worship" went huge?Tim Hughes It's been a crazy and wonderful journey. Life has definitely become a lot more full and busy. I think one of the key things it has done is to allow me to step out in what I'm passionate about, leading worship and writing songs for the church.One of the main things I do now is to lead a school of worship called "Worship Central." The vision is to train and equip worship leaders and musicians to be a blessing to the local church. We run training days, retreats, a website, as well as other resources. It's been amazing, and "Here I Am to Worship" has definitely paved the way.Is there a downside to writing a worldwide smash?Hughes Perhaps the only struggle at times has been getting caught up in trying to replicate the success of the song. You can put a pressure on yourself and feel disappointed when other songs don't match "Here I Am to Worship." However, I now feel happy with the fact that different songs are used in different ways.I had an e-mail from someone who went through a major brain operation; it was very much touch and go. All through the ordeal he said a couple of lines from another of my songs were running through his mind giving him strength, hope and courage. For me that's amazingly encouraging. My role is to be a worshipper, writing songs out of the overflow of my heart. As long as I continually push myself to be the best songwriter I can be, then how the song is used is up to God.Quick takes:
Where are you from originally?
High Wycombe, just outside London.
Favorite place you've traveled to?
Best meal you prepare?
Baked beans on toast!
Arrogance. People totally full of themselves get under my skin.
Your most annoying habit?
Correcting my wife. Why, oh why do I do it?!
What makes you laugh? The Office, Peter Kay, Dumb and Dumber, and my wife.
Last good book you read? God on Mute by Pete Greig
Last good movie you saw? Little Miss Sunshine
Band/artist you're listening to the most right now?
Band/artist that comes closest to your sound?
Coldplay and The Killers (although I think it's more that I come closer to their sound!)
Song you wish you'd written?
"Fix You" by Coldplay
Age you became a Christian?
I grew up in a Christian home, but became serious about following God when I was 11.
Your favorite Bible verse? Psalm 34:7
Last lesson God taught you?
A phrase I've been chewing over recently: "I am loved by God and I love God, therefore I'm successful." My worth and success will never ultimately be found in what I do, but being loved by God and responding to that initiating love.