How often have we neglected helping people engage because it’d just be too much work to do something else or because we’d actually have to engage our imagination and creativity during the week?
This summer, I was in Thailand leading worship at a conference. I traveled from the states with about 90 other musicians, medical professionals, IT geniuses and childcare workers to facilitate a conference for missionaries from all over Southeast Asia. Our first day on the ground in a foreign country, where do we eat? McDonalds!
Ironically, this location was chosen due to health concerns! Are you kidding me?
Honestly, I think there were two unspoken reasons for the decision:
1. Fear (we might get sick, the food somewhere else might not suit our tastes)
2. Laziness (we’ll actually have to find another place, we can’t order by meal number)
These are two of the very same reasons Western churches all look like they are made from the same corporate cookie cutter.
In our worship gatherings, how often do we do something (or not do something) because of fear? Fear that we’ve never done it that way before or that people won’t like it?
Or how often have we neglected helping people engage because it’d just be too much work to do something else or because we’d actually have to engage our imagination and creativity during the week?
Over the next several months, I’m going to end my posts with introspective questions about us as individuals as well as our church communities. Engage in the reflection. Don’t act out of fear or laziness. Rather, allow your time here to help you move forward in your journey as a creative worshipper.
In the last year, what has fear or laziness kept you from accomplishing in your community?
How can you be more bold or diligent in 2009?
Please share your responses below. We’d love to journey with you.