As a youth intern and youth worship team director, I find myself spending a lot of time planning worship services and practices. I had practice yesterday for a youth rally tonight. I’ll practice with my students sometime this week for next Sunday evenings service. I’ll finish putting together their folders full of pages and pages of music and coordinate practices and fundraisers for after the first of the year.
I’ve found myself so busy with planning and pulling off these services that it’s almost second nature to go full on auto pilot and coast through them. Yesterday was no different. Corralling a full band and finding time for us to practice for a rally is exhausting. Keeping track with what my worship team is up to and coordinating and discussing things with those eight students ranging in age from 13 to 18 is challenging at best. And locating enough equipment to meet our needs is single handedly the most frustrating part of this job.
I ran all over the church yesterday afternoon making copies of music and trying to find microphones for everyone. I griped and complained the whole time. A practice that was supposed to start at 12:45 didn’t start until almost 2. By the time it started, I was ready for it to be over.
When it finally was over, the Holy Spirit gave me one of those “Shoulda had a V8” head bops.
“When did worshipping Me become a chore? When did it become something you feel like you have to do, rather than get to do?”
Okay God, you have my attention.
Philippians 4 talks about God exalting the Son to the highest place and that every knee will bow at the name of Jesus. That same chapter goes on to tell us to do everything without grumbling or arguing.
Not only did God show me the reason why I worship Him and why I should view it as I get to lead my student team instead of having to lead them, but He also showed me that I should check my attitude while doing it.
I like to think that God has a sense of humor. He knows I grumble, a lot. What better way to teach me something than to point out my grumbling.
Tonight I will get to help lead worship for a youth rally. I get to. I don’t have to. This week, I get to practice with my students and prepare them for next Sunday. I get to. I don’t have to. This week I get to worship the Father in several different capacities. I get to. I don’t have to.
So today, I encourage you to check your grumbling. I encourage you to spend time in worship because you get to. Not because you have to.