Many of you who read our blog know that I play guitar and love music. I began playing the summer before 9th grade mostly because I was bored and we had an unused guitar in the close and learning how to play gave me something to do. Over the next few years I taught myself to play and sing, and eventually became a part of our youth worship band. I had a great opportunity to continue to learn and practice and was mentored into leading worship.
Ever since the first time I lead worship (my Junior year of high school) I have loved letting that be a big part of my life and ministry. Of course with the rewards of getting to lead worship, there are also many pressures. We live in such a musically driven society, and, maybe it’s just me, but I feel like worship leaders are naturally judged based upon their skills, abilities, and styles. Also, I think singing, much like public speaking, makes me people more subconscious than just about anything else.
So I have always found myself struggling with my vocal abilities while singing, as well as the fact that I’ve never really been a writer (sure, I write on our blog, but that’s not exactly poetic literature or anything). And it has always made me feel a little “less than” as a musician and worship leader.
Then as I was reading one of the blogs I follow (Ragamuffin Soul) I was encouraged by what this graphic that the author, Carlos Whittaker (Who is a Worship Leader and church consultant of sorts) put up:
I found this really encouraging (Especially coming from a well-known worship leader and Christian icon). It helps to remind me that even if I don’t have the best voice, or the best musical ability, or the ability to write the best song (or any song at all, for that matter) that God can and does use me as I lead in music worship.
I think this also applies in plenty of other ministries and areas of life. So if you ever feel a little “less than” just because your not the child prodigy that can do everything without having to think about it, remember that God wants to and can use you no matter what you do!
Have you ever felt a little “less than the rest” in life? What’s something you’ve found to be encouraging in your life recently?