In huddle meeting yesterday, I read Ephesians 4:1-3 and asked what those verses would look like- if they described us. A band member spoke up, and admitted there were occasionally songs we played that weren't his preference- but that he wanted to be humble, all for whatever is best for the church- not himself- and that if he listened to that song over and over, he'd find something that he liked about the song, and connect to it.
I respect that. I appreciate that.
Now I know what that guy is about.
Last week, Pastor Jason and I were talking out our musical style- in the conversation, he was actually giving me more freedom, since he said he's seen my love for our people grow. "Now I know you love my people," he said. More trust followed. More freedom followed.
I have conversations with people some times, where they will critique things- what I hear behind their words is them trying to establish themselves as worth a seat at the table, so to speak- if their input has value, then they would, too.
That's human nature.
There are times, of course, to be assertive.
However, don't miss this-
I've had to learn the hard way so many times...
God resists the proud, and exalts the humble.
You're given a stronger voice when your humility and willingness to serve leads the way.
Now they know.