If you know me at all, you know that I have a deep love for music. This love goes all the way back to my childhood. I have played the piano ever since I can remember, dabbled a little in music writing and worship leading, and even made a valiant attempt at choral singing. I even had the privilege of taking organ lessons while in college. I still can’t believe that I made it into the Nordic Choir. God certainly has a funny sense of humor. In recent years I have had the joy of chanting some of the liturgical elements during worship in the church’s I have served as pastor. At these moments, sadly, cantering caribou come to mind. By no means do I consider myself a professional, but I do have a deep appreciation and passion for the musical and worship arts.
I cannot put my finger on the reason why, but there has always been something about music that has led it to become one of my deepest friends through the ups and downs of life. It was often my outlet and voice for the inner workings of my life, where the keyboard became the sounding board for the unspoken voice swirling in my mind.
The following video is powerful on so many levels, filled with numerous truths on leadership, faith, and missional living. It is longer than my usual video posts, but it is so worth viewing all the way through. You will be challenged, refreshed, encouraged, and enlightened.
One of the things Zander asks during his presentation is, “How would you walk, talk, and act, if you believed everyone should love classical music?” This question really struck a chord with my wheelhouse. Let me take Zander’s question a step further and get a little personal. Are you ready? How would “you” walk, talk, and act, if “you” believed everyone should love Jesus? Are there things you would change? Keep doing? This is “the” seminal question the Church must wrestle with today! God has placed a song on our heart that is so beautiful, so engaging, so life-transforming, that it cannot help but be shared. We have this song within our grasp, but what are we doing with it? How are we engaging its glorious melody, giving it a voice? Are we keeping it to ourselves? Or are we letting its chords resound loudly and clearly through our life? These are not easy questions, but crucial ones for the Church today.
Our God-given mission is simple: to make disciples. We make disciples by allowing the sweet music of the Gospel to flow through us into the lives of those in our path. This is a Spirit-empowered measure filled with a crescendo of unbridled movement and breadth.
I would love to hear how this video engaged you, challenged you, and (if you are willing) how it transformed you. Take a moment to post a thought below as a way to encourage others who are reading this blog. You never know the lives you may touch through your words or prayers.
Following the line all the way from “B” to “E”!