Tuesday, 12 April 2016
The fear of being on the worship team or of leading worship is often a fear of being judged for our performance. What if I don’t sing or play well enough? What if I mess up? What if the congregation doesn’t like the songs I choose? What if they don’t like my voice? What if…? There are a million what-ifs of things that could — and do — go wrong. And that’s the other thing that keeps us from focusing on Jesus: we need to keep our eyes open to see if the people are responding, we need to think about how we’re singing and/or playing (not everyone can sing AND play!), we need to think about the dynamics of the song and how it’s flowing, and we need to make many, many snap decisions — from tiny to huge — during that short 30-minute block on stage.
When all this is going through your mind, how do you focus on Jesus? It feels impossible, really, when you break it down into parts.
The best thing is to really just remember that you’re performing for an audience of One. All this stuff — it doesn’t matter what people say, because 10 different people will have 10 different opinions, and none of them matter compared to the One you’re supposed to be worshipping.
So practice your best, work out as many issues and problems as you can beforehand, make as many decisions as you can before you even start, and when the lights come on and the music starts, put your heart and your focus on the one main thing you’re there to do: worship Jesus.
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Posted by Anna Tan at 12:30 pm
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<3 I needed this today.ReplyDelete
Well said! I also play in a Christian band and worry that I might mess up on stage. I remain focused by remembering I am playing for His glory, not mine.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed reading your article. I am a performer and even though I have performed for years, I still renew my vow to God and to Jesus before I go on stage. I know that if it weren't for the LORD, I couldn't sing as i sing.ReplyDelete
Patricia @ EverythingMustChange
Shalom to you too :)
Our God is an Awesome God -- remember that class song from the 90s?ReplyDelete
J is for Jungle Book
Oh yes! It's a great song!Delete
It is sometimes hard not to focus on the Reason in Jesus for why we worship. I think that happens even too sitting in the congregation.ReplyDelete