The Worship Connection

I often take the time to contemplate my life. The things I do and the things I believe. This has helped me become more aware of patterns of unhealthy or negative thoughts & beliefs. Something I have always struggled with is the belief, that if I just try harder or do more that my life will be easier or better in someway. That if my life isn't going great, that it is my fault and I am doing something to make this happen. Of course there are things that I do that have negative impacts and there always will be but to think that I can have a perfect, easy or pain free life every moment of the day isn't reality.

In John 16:33 it says...I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (NLT). When I read this what is most interesting to me is that Jesus essentially promises that we WILL have hard times but he goes on to say to take heart because he has overcome the world. The truth is, I don't need to try harder or do more to remove hardships, instead maybe flip my thinking and when I experience hardships to rely on Jesus first, because he promises peace. If I see the question as: would I prefer hardship & PEACE or hardship & self-effort, stress, work, etc it begins to make a whole lot more sense to let God do his thing.

I think many people deal with these things and either don't know it or don't know what to do, and show up to church looking for answers and direction to the things they are dealing with. I have a strong belief that music (praise & worship) is a time when people who are seeking answers or direction have the chance to experience the life changing power that comes from a relationship with God either for the first time, 100th or 1000th time. I am passionate about seeing as many people have an experience with God like this, one that changes that pain into to peace. It's never just playing/singing a song for me, it's more than that....it's more so, if God has given me peace, shouldn't I want others to experience that same peace.

In Psalms 34:8 it says "Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!" (NLT). What better way for people to experience God's goodness than in a time when so many people are all focused in the same way. Through our own worship to God we as a worship team have weekly opportunities to create an atmosphere where maybe your or others pain turns into peace.

Be encouraged and take heart!

Nick