I’ve gone back and forth over the past couple days trying to figure out what to say. This week I celebrated 7 years of this blog being in existence. 7 years. I don’t know if I’ve done anything for that long, outside of marriage and my kids. Someone could argue that I haven’t really done this for a solid 7 years. To you I would say “you are correct”. But the point is, this concept has been ruminating in my heart for this long and has not gone away. I’m okay with that. So the question lately has been “what are you going to do with all of this”? It is a question I have been asking myself for quite awhile now. This has kept me up for sometime at night and dominated my thoughts during the day. My goal in life is to be able to be a part of something that does dynamic things for the Kingdom. I feel like having a voice that speaks into how we worship is important. As the church influence has shifted heavily in the past few years, I feel that it’s that much more important to speak to the heart of why we do what we do. We have moved far away from the days when the church had such an influence in the world. We’ve moved far away from the days when the church had real influence in the home. I still believe that the church has influence. It’s such a powerful influence, which is one of the reasons people are continuing to attack it. However, I don’t think that our fight starts on the outside. Our fight starts in the hearts of our people. It has to be someone’s job to speak life into the people that are fighting the daily battles. It has to be the church’s job to stand strong and continue to equip our God’s people to live a life that speaks truth in the face of lies. It’s our job to help God’s people understand that, no matter what happens, God is still in control and he deserves our love and honor. The fight is real and it is hard. But the war is won. THAT is why I continue to do what I do. Not because I like singing songs and leading people and standing in the lights each and every week. I do what I do because I am tasked with encouraging people to keep fighting.
So, what does that look for the future of worship180? Well, I truly do believe this is just the beginning. It has taken me this long to really be able to understand what God has called me to. I still don’t understand it fully, but I’m continuing to grow in who God has created me to be. This is one of the reasons that I decided to start writing some of these thoughts in book form. I don’t know what that’s going to mean for me, I’ve never written a book before. What I have is a good group of friends and people I look up to who are speaking into my life as I attack this venture. I covet your prayers as I keep walking toward God. Pray that all the distractions fade away. Pray that I can focus on who God is and what he wants. Pray for the church. It really needs all of our prayers. I’ll keep doing what I do until I feel I’m supposed to do something else. In the mean time, I’m in the fight. My hope is that I can keep writing to help the church grow stronger in our understanding of worship to God. That means I have to keep growing in my understanding. So, prayers all around.
I think that’s all for right now. Thanksgiving and Christmas and 2016 all need plans. Those plans, at least at Bridges Community Church, come from my brain. That can be scary. But it’s going to be fun. Come join us if you’re anywhere close.