This blog is a compilation of life lessons involving ministry, life, family and pretty much anything I feel like sharing.
Life's best lessons are learned from the trials and errors of yourself...and those around you. Hope you can learn from mine!
I just flipped my iPod over to the latest Starfield album "Beauty in the Broken". I love the first song on the album...My Generation. I can't help but think of the chorus of this song:
"How do we feel? How do we feel? My generation is aching for real. Dying for love, crying for truth. My generation is aching for you."
Whether we know it or not, the ache and burning desire for love and acceptance can never be filled by a person or thing. Lately it seems folks I've crossed paths with are looking for something "real". Not just fulfilling tasks with no end, but a purpose and vision for something greater than themselves. There's no greater purpose than the life given to Christ with an understanding that all you do is an act of worship that can and should glorify the Lord.
For all you worship leaders out there, check out the WorshipPlanning.com tool. You can try it free for a month, but beware, you can easily get hooked on it...especially the scheduling tool. No more emails trying to coordinate/confirm with people on your team. The administrative end of worship leading has been quite cumbersome. In fact it's been pretty much nonexistent. But now...I have a virtual admin assistant!
Many times people approach me wanting to know what worship music I would recommend. I always recommend Matt Redman's Facedown album along with (of course) some of the Chris Tomlin stuff. There are not many writers out there who have been given the talents of Matt Redman. He not only writes music that inspires the church to worship God, but also writes songs that teach about His nature and teach us about what it means to worship. His new album releases Tuesday, December 26. "You Never Let Go" one of our church's favorite anthems will be available on this CD.
"Beautiful News" will be released Tuesday, December 26. Along with the release of the album, Matt has started a blog.
I'll be heading out to the music store with some of my Christmas cash on Tuesday.
An unintended blogfast has given me time to prep for Christmas services, deal with our 1 year old baby's pnemonia (be sure to note the booger residue on my dear child's face), take my oldest out for lunch and a movie and spend some time just getting stuff done. I'm here...just busy. While you're waiting for some more Babu stuff...be sure to click away to some of my blog faves below...
Often I've been challenged to step outside my "Christiany World" to go out and eat with the publicans and sinners. And truthfully being on a church staff where everyone within the walls I spend much of my time with is already a part of the Body of Christ, it's too easy to neglect this important role I play as a representative of Jesus on this earth. One thing I've done lately is being more intentional with the people I cross paths with throughout my day out "in the world". You know the people beyond the walls of my church and relationships. Instead of just thanking the waiter or waitress for bringing me another Diet Pepsi, I thank them and ask how they're doing. I NEVER want to be a person who sits with a group of fellow believers complaining about what I don't like about my church...or why it isn't ministering to me...or why it should be the way I think it should be to make me happy. I've been there before and was miserable. My desire is to take my eyes off myself and see people, the church and the world through the eyes of Christ. I'll never "arrive" in this thinking, but I can always challenge myself to stop being selfish.
Here's a post from Kem Meyer asking "What are you willing to do to learn about people who don't see things the way you do?"
"It is the
function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to
see." - Anaïs Nin
pray and work on this as a spiritual discipline in my life. Let's just
say, I never run out of real life situations that challenge me to look
at things from somebody else's point of view. Sometimes I'm
intentionally seeking it out. And, sometimes, it's a hard life-lesson I
run into face first (like a brick wall).
Anyway, the quote reminded me of this print ad I saw...