Contemplative Creativity: A Year in Review

It’s been a good year.  Basically I started blogging right at the beginning of 2010 and have been learning and trying to get better at it ever since.  Like any blogger, new or old there have been some good posts, and some not so good posts.  I look forward to the coming year and what all it may bring.  But for now here are some of my favorite posts from the past year.  I hope you enjoy/enjoyed them as well.  And please share them if you feel so led and leave your thoughts and comments.  I would love to hear them.

10 Things Every Worship Leader Wishes their Sound Person Knew, and Vice Versa

Creating Worship Space with Light

5 Reasons for a Choir in Modern Worship

5 Reasons Worship Bands Should Use Click Tracks

I Gave Your Tip to Jesus and Other Things Not to Tell Your Server

Confessions of a Worship Pastor

Lessons Learned from Conan O’Brian

Sunday Brunch: A Guide for Christians Going out to Eat

I’m not Religious, I’m not Spiritual, I’m a Christian

Environmental Projection: Take 1

Monday Morning Hangover 1.4.10

Another Sunday has come and gone like the ebb and flow of the ocean tides. Some days I feel like nothing more than a driftwood floating along the waves being pushed in whatever direction the wind blows. Other days I feel like buoy anchored to weather the storm. Simply put some days the weeks just moves buy and I feel like I don’t even know what happened. Other weeks I feel more prepared and ready to stand strong and give direction even in the face of a coming storm.
Do you ever feel like that at your church? at your job? It is easy to get beaten down sometimes. And it is easy to just start going through the motions. How quickly we can go from secure to insecure from engaged to complacent.
Yesterday was a great service. It was just what I needed. I was reminded (and needed to be reminded) by Isaiah that:

“Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you.” (Isaiah 60:2 NLT)

I came into church yesterday a little weary and tired knowing that we had not rehearsed in two weeks due to the holiday schedule. And I left with a renewed sense of purpose. I was in a place where I was hoping to just make it through all three services and be done. I left with joy. I left hoping for another service to continue to see the glory of God work. It is easy as worship leaders, church-goers, heck as humans to allow even things that bring us joy to break us down.

My new prayer for 2010: Lord give me the eyes to see Your glory around me. Don’t let my complacency overwhelm Your joy. Don’t let me replace your Sunlight with my darkness.

What’s your prayer for 2010? How do you combat complacency?
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