Even when you’re tired, bring your best

Worship leader: Even when you’re tired, bring your best.

Find a friend who is a spiritual help for you- someone you can talk to about anything. Someone to confide in and who can also push you.

This will help fight burn out, and also hold you accountable to bring your A-game.

Because doesn’t God and His bride deserve a level of professionalism?

I write this because I’ve also been learning this.

It’s easy to feel like you know it all when you lead “Forever Reign” so many times you forget to stop and hear the lyrics.

It’s easy to be complacent when you have done this song and dance before.

Refresh your heart.

Psalm 19:7- The law of the Lord is perfect,  refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

Psalm 23:1-3- The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Take time to hone your craft.

Take lessons, warm up your voice, play scales on your piano or guitar.

Memorize your songs.

For me… I listened to other worship leaders like Meredith Andrews and Hillsong teams who say they write theirs on cards.

Mine’s a little worn on the front, but here’s my method to the madness:

Worship leader- the one from belly of Hell would try and steal your joy as a Christian and a leader of praises to God’s people. He will do whatever it takes to get you tired, complacent, or stir-crazy and unhappy.

So stand up and fight, with the power of Holy Spirit within you! It takes guys and courage… But educate yourself… Never stop learning and never stop trusting.

I John 4:4- You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

God of Grace & Glory

This is an honest blog. The readers who don’t know me probably don’t need this tidbit– but for those who do: I never want to come across as though I don’t mess up, or admit that I do.

As a leader, one of the worst things you can do is do everything yourself. You place undue stress on yourself, entering high-risk for burnout; and in the process you take joy from others that could’ve done the task. Plus you’re not practicing Biblical discipleship.

Sometimes hardships cause you to re-evaluate and also bring you to a place of desperation for God to guide you.
I’m learning this in my life now. And you know what? When you assume the best in people and assign them a task- it creates buy-in from those very workers. Their confidence flies through the roof, and it ends up saving you (me) time in the long-term.

Because an army is better than one! We’re all workers in the church.

The opening hymn spoke to my heart (again) today in our Blended service:

“God of Grace and God of Glory” (Sung to the Tune of “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah”.)

God of grace and God of glory,
On Thy people pour Thy power.
Crown Thine ancient church’s story,
Bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the facing of this hour,
For the facing of this hour.

Set our feet on lofty places,
Gird our lives that they may be,
Armored with all Christ-like graces,
In the fight to set men free.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
That we fail not man nor Thee,
That we fail not man nor Thee.

There are dark days… but armored with The Holy Spirit’s power, and hand in hand with our brothers and sisters … We can accomplish much!

Why is a church service called a “service”?

I used to be ambivalent about the church “service”, preferring a less “religious” word, such as “meeting” or “gathering”. But now I think “service” is spot on. However, the meaning of “service” can be completely misunderstood. “Service” is related to the word “serve” (I had to look that up). Christians…

via Why is a church service called a “service”?.

“I Can Count on You”…

No matter what you’re going through today…. is it possible part of the root of your fear | panic | worry | heartache | disappointment is that you don’t really  know if God’s “got this”? Circumstances hurt. Saying “I’m fully letting go”… ? Sounds impossible. I am still repeating this prayer right now. I definitely am not there.

But together… can we sing this and pray it? Even if you’re just trying to give it over….

I’m holding on to hope
I’m holding on to grace
I’m fully letting go….
I’m surrendered to Your ways
The anchor for my soul
Father You will never change

In every season, in every change
You are near
In every sorrow,
You are my strength
You are near

A peace in the storm
Your voice I will follow
In weakness I rise
Remembering You hold my world

I’m holding on to hope
I’m holding on to grace
I’m fully letting go….
I’m surrendered to Your ways

The anchor for my soul
Father You will never change

I love You, I love You

My great Redeemer,
My constant Friend
You are near
My faithful Father,
You took me in
You are near

I will remember Your promise forever
My Strength, my Defender
I can count on You
I CAN COUNT ON YOU-
Savior, My Hope and my Shelter
Your love is forever
I can count on You