I looked in the mirror this morning.
Peeking out from my cool flannel, was a face. Sending me a reminder.
It was a face that resembled many a worship leader. Intense. Pained. Passionate. Striving.
Dan Wilt's haunting phrase from his book How To Lead Worship Without Being a Rock Star instantly hit me:
"If you focus on your secret life, concentrating on your musicianship will become second nature as you worship personally, and as you lead others. If your personal life is empty, and your interior life is smaller than your exterior life, your worship leadership will amplify a striving soul behind the songs."
When I led worship this past Sunday, there was something of that striving in me. I wasn't in my comfort zone, and it had gotten the best of me. I was off my game, not myself. Striving.
As I turned to my next scripture for the morning, I read:
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:15-20)
Here's how I
read it: Be
intentional. Stay under the influence of the Holy Spirit. How? Worship in song.
On Saturday, I sat in a circle with a group of friends. We worshiped for about 45 minutes. It had been too long since I'd done that. Simple. Unplugged. Hungry hearts just going for it.
But isn't that the core of a worship leader's heart? That kind of "hillside" worship?
I know I'm not alone in this. When was the last time you sat in a room with other worshipers and worshiped through song? No agenda. No offering transition. No monitor mix.
Here's what I want to push into for 2018:
Mobilize monthly gatherings of worship leaders to simply worship.
Yes, keep having nights of worship, serve at burn/house of prayer events, enjoy small group worship times, meeting for lunch with worship leaders, etc. But get together with other worship leaders and meet with Jesus in song. Rather than showing up and plugging in to a sound system, just sit around in a circle and sing unplugged. Sing past the point where your heart and head say, "ok, that's about enough." Go deeper. It'll keep the kryptonite away!
If you've read all the way to this point, you probably are sold on this idea. Mind telling me what you'd like to do? I'd love to help you make this happen. I'll show up and join you if I can. I'm serious.
ps. here's the rest of him... :)