I love this Psalm!
What good is leadership and membership without any fellowship? My food for thought: “Learning to be more like Christ involves the fellowship of serving others and staying connected to people. Sometimes we have to break bread to breakthrough.”
When was the last time you ate a meal with someone to stay connected?
Did you know that a sharp ear doesn’t necessarily go with a sharp tongue? The book of James reminds me of this truth on staying iron sharp. Just because I may have a good ear doesn’t mean I must have a bad mouth and cut others with my words. Deep cuts take longer to heal. How sharp are you with your words?
James 1: 19 ESV says, Know this my beloved brothers, let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. Now that’s what I call living on pitch! Keep sharpening that iron and build others up by speaking the truth in love.
Leading worship corporately shouldn’t have to be about controlling the crowds or the atmosphere. Once we focus on crowd pleasing and cheerleading we’ve lost focus on God being in control. Sometimes you have to block out all the noise and trust God’s presence is always near.
Here’s an important lesson I am learning and that is I am a grace leader, not a praise and worship leader but a grace leader. We need more grace leaders in the church. Singing about God’s grace is truly amazing but I am sometimes amazed at my own lack of grace shown toward others . God’s grace towards me challenges me to extend grace, be an example of grace as a ministry leader and speak with grace. I must sprinkle grace into my conversations and my daily living. Grace talk leaves people wondering how could they be so kind and tenderhearted? How can they be so loving and forgiving toward each other? It can only be done by and through the grace of God. I must keep focused on how gracious God is towards me so I can be gracious towards others. I am learning more and more, there should be sprinkles of grace throughout my conversations and daily living. I have learned when expressing my frustrations always remember to keep it a conversation, not an accusation. Ephesians 4:32(NLT) helps me lead with grace. It says, Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another just as God, through Christ has forgiven you.
Living on pitch is not an easy task. There are daily challenges and often pride gets in the way of us staying in tune with the Master. I’ve learned to be aware of issues of pride in my heart and often say to myself, “warning: The power and control you think you have may be too much for you.” I just finished a Bible Study series at my church on the 6 things God hates and it was so powerful. There is so much I need to work on and I am grateful for being challenged by the Word of God and the people of God.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for warnings, stop signs and detours every day.
Proverbs 6: 16-19( ESV) There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.