It is a difficult thing to understand. Those with large capacities look at those with small and wonder, "why do these people do so little and complain so much? Do they not see the many things I am doing?" Those with smaller capacities look at those with large and stand in awe, feeling guilty because they do not have enough to give - and worry if God might love them less because they have not enough to offer. This brings us into the dangerous territory of works vs grace.
Leading worship is a strenuous, time-consuming thing. It may seem that all you do is stand up on stage for a 30-minute set and sing. "Why can't you lead at prayer meeting too then? Since you're so good at it, it won't be a matter for you to also lead in cell group and in that outreach meeting. It doesn't matter if you use the same songs."
Maybe some - if they have the capacity for it - can lead multiple services during a week. But not everyone can. Do you have the energy - and the time - to select songs over and over for different meetings, knowing that you can't simply repeat the same songs because God may be wanting to say different things at each one? If you do, good for you. If you don't, give yourself more time between each time you lead. This is easier said than done, especially if your church does not have enough worship leaders.
And even if you have the time and the energy and the brainpower to keep doing it over and over again, the question you need to ask next is if you have enough heart for it. Do you have the capacity - the largeness in your heart - to love the congregation, the leaders, the musicians with you? Enough to pray over them? To seek God's heart for them? To sing the songs they need the most?
Or are you just picking songs because you like them and everyone knows them and you don't have time left choose?
When you lead, you do not just stand there and sing a set of songs. You stand there and you cover them in your mantle - you lead them into God's presence with your voice and with your heart.
And sometimes, your heart isn't big enough on its own.
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About the book:
Jane Hays has been told all her life that it’s dangerous to be out in the forest past sundown. At fifteen, she’s quite sure that it’s all old wives’ tales... yet, why does her village bar the gates every night? Why do they even have gates? When she is caught in an unexpected rainstorm on her way home, Jane ignores all the warnings and seeks shelter in a cottage in the middle of the forest. Soon, she is caught up in a world of magic and beauty – and in the storm of the Fairy Queen’s wrath.
The Fairy Queen is out for blood. There have been intruders – human intruders – in her domain and she will stop at nothing to find them and kill them. After all, it is only fair. She is only seeking retribution for the death that humans leave in their wake.
But Jane isn’t all that she seems to be. And the events of the night aren’t as innocent as they appear.
A tale of magic, fairy creatures and family, Coexist is a novella for the young and the young-at-heart.
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