I have been trying to come up with a good article I can publish here. I’ve been working hard but I just couldn’t write anything good. It seems that I don’t have any good ideas I can write about. And I’m running out of time.
So I decided to rest for a while.
You would not believe this, but after a 30-minute nap my blog post is complete!
How could that possibly happen? No one writes an article by sleeping on it!
Well, it just happened to me.
This is that article.
Now let me just click that publish button.
P. S. Working harder is not always the right solution to a problem. There are times when you just need to rest and sleep on it.
Leading worship is not an easy task. It could be very overwhelming, especially if you're just starting out as a worship leader in your church.
Here are five tips to help you lead worship well:
1. Prepare - Don't just prepare for the worship set you're leading. Build a lifestyle of worship. Develop your personal moments with God in worship.
2. Listen - Take time to listen to what the Lord is saying in the place of rest.
3. Practice - Master the songs well and rehearse with your band.
4. Coordinate - Coordinate with your pastor or worship service coordinator regarding the topic of the sermon and program flow.
5. Be authentic - Be real in your worship. Make sure you're actually worshipping God and connecting with Him as you're leading in worship.
If you want to dive deeper about these 5 tips, watch this video that I made a few years ago. (And don't forget to subscribe in my Youtube channel!) It has now garnered more than one hundred thousand views on Youtube and it has helped a lot of people improve in leading worship. I hope this helps you as well.
We all make mistakes. We fumble and fall. We slip up. But we are not our mistakes. And we are not defined by our sins.
Whether you believe it or not, you are special. You were created for a purpose. Your creator made you just the way you are for a reason. And you are His masterpiece.
You are not defined by what you do, but rather, what you do is defined by who you are. "But who am I, really?”, you may ask. You are who you think you are. Your identiy is defined by how you see yourself.
No one knows you better than the one who created you. If you really want to know who you were meant to be, then you need to look at your maker and you will see in His eyes your true reflection. Through His eyes of love, you will see your perfect reflection—the way God sees you. Nothing is more important than seeing yourself as God sees you.
We are all stewards of our own personal stories. They are arrows in our quiver. In them lies the potential to inspire others and change cultures.
Each experience we have contributes to the story of our lives. But it's up to us to fashion them into meaningful stories. A bad experience doesn't have to ruin your story. You have the power to attach the right meaning to it.
David (who killed Goliath) was not free from failures in his life. He made some terrible choices but this didn't stop him from making his story great.
You have a great story to tell. It is great because it has the imprint of God etched in the very fabric of your story. When you recognize His fingerprint, you will never see your story the same way again.
Your story is part of the greatest story this world will ever hear. It's the story of God and how much he loves his children. It is still being written as of this moment by billions of co-writers all around the world, including you.
So go and write your story. Share it to others. If not, just share it with yourself. And you will be inspired by it. You will grow because of it. The more you share it, the more you grow and the more you inspire yourself and others because of it.
We are all broken. And no one can succeed on his own.
That's why we need a savior. We need someone to help us in our brokenness. Good thing God came to our rescue.
Jesus taught us to pray like this: "Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms...". God is our father who understands his children so well. He's not a perfectionist who is only after our compliance. He values our connection more than our obedience. His laws show us who He is and what He expects us to do. But the law in itself cannot change us.
I've tried it -- changing myself. It's impossible. We can never change ourselves. That's why we need God.
This is the good news. That in our brokenness, God did something to make us whole again.
You don't have to fake it and try to show the world that you have it all together. Embrace your brokenness and cry out to God. "Dadda!" He is here as our father to help us even in our weakness.