“Where there is no vision…

… the people perish.”  – Proverbs 29:18

I went to Savannah, Georgia about a month ago.  The goal was to take a breath away from the crazy world that is New York City.  I had felt bogged down by all the tiny details that are a part of running a worship team.

I wanted God to speak to me on a bigger level, about both my team, and YEARofWORSHIP.

On my second day there, I found myself sitting in an old, beautiful church.

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I sat there thinking how beautiful it was.  And how the buildings where we gather in New York City look nothing like this.  I wondered how we make church beautiful.  God felt that was a good moment to chime in.

“I don’t need stained glass windows and ornate objects…”  He told me.  What I need is…  and what followed has since become the statement I have given my team about what we are building.

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“THAT is what will make my house beautiful” He said.

Well, okay.  Yes and amen.

 

 

 

Comparison

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This is one of the most true statements I have ever heard.

And I am more guilty of it than I’d like to admit.

Up until a couple years ago, I was an actor.  That world is grossly FULL of comparison.  People can get a part over you because of their eyes are bluer, they are 3 inches taller, they chose to do the triple pirouette when you only chose the double…   It’s a business, I get it, but it sticks with you.

It’s been a journey to adjust my thought process, and something I still work on daily.

Part of the time, I’m simply being ridiculous. But the other times, I have something else to blame…

The first half of John 10:10 says:

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy.”

But luckily, the verse finishes:

“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance.”

We were not made to live in comparison.  God created us perfectly.  And we are to have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance.  I’m very aware of how this is easier said than done.  But whenever this happens, and I realize how ridiculous I’m being, I remind myself of how much God absolutely adores us, and I realize, I don’t have time to live in that.

I am called to create, to worship, to sing, to praise, to laugh, to learn, to lead, to follow, to disciple, to love, to forgive, to grow… and  to do it all as me.  Oh, I’m not like that other girl?  GOOD, I’m not meant to be.

Like I said in Guide to Awesome : Part I, embrace who you are.  Because you were made in the image of God, and THAT, is perfection.