The Courage to Be Vulnerable

 

To get out there and sing or play in front of the church takes great courage when you are starting out. Anyone in front of people as often as you are will make mistakes.

You might have to hang up your super hero cape.

Photo Credit: Stocksnap.io | Wil Stewart

Photo Credit: Stocksnap.io | Wil Stewart

 

Because leading worship takes the courage to be vulnerable.

You aren’t sure of yourself.  You feel you didn’t practice enough.  You’re afraid you will mess up, and you’ll be stuck there with nothing to say.

Or, you are confident in your abilities, but embarrassing moments have a way sneaking in.

Leading worship takes the courage to be vulnerable.

There have been times I have messed up royally.

And yet, God seems to use it anyway, maybe even more so in my weakness.

In these moments, we must turn our attention to God.  He delights in using us in our weakness.  And He gives us strength to do what we didn’t think possible.

As we turn to Him, He gives courage to overcome the fear of what could go wrong and to overcome the feelings of disappointment when we didn’t “perform” like we wish we had.

It’s not about us anyway.  We aren’t the superheroes.  He is.

And sometimes our failures have more impact than our successes.

Whether you succeed or fail, you’ll need courage.

Take courage from these truths:

  1. Leading worship in a church is not about the quality of your “performance.”
  2. Leading worship in a church is not about everything going right.
  3. Leading worship in a church is a task you can accomplish only in His power.
  4. Leading worship in a church is about pointing the attention of the congregation to Christ.
  5. Leading worship in a church is about teaching the congregation the truths of scripture, not wowing people with your musical ability.

Focus on the real reason for your job.

If you make a noticeable mistake…

  1. Realize that you are probably your own worst critic.
  2. Pray that God would use you in your weakness.
  3. Thank God for the opportunity to grow.
  4. Pick out the next song and start praying and rehearsing for the next time.

Sometimes our failures have more impact than our successes.

Move forward and trust God to work.

Do you face insecurity and fear when leading worship? What helps you overcome your fear?  Comment below.

 

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