Confessions of a Worship Leader
I’ve been asked from time to time what are some of my biggest challenges as a worship leader and today I want to write about one of them: PRIDE!
When you are doing a great job consistently you’re always going to get compliments. “Great job today”! “Oh my God, the worship was so anointed this morning.” “Do you have a CD? I mean, you need to record something. I can listen to you every day.” “I just love your voice. It is so beautiful.” “I’ve never had a worship leader quite like you.” “Come here! I can’t believe how awesome that was today!” You get my drift! It feels good to get these compliments especially when some worship leaders get taken for granted. However, when you internalize them too much, you start to develop a…complex. You can start to believe that you deserve the compliments and that people “need” to be grateful for what you bring to the table. There have been times that I’ve internalized the comments and when the comments were not coming as frequently, I’ve wanted to do something spectacular or out of the ordinary so that the accolades could keep coming, stroking my ego. But I shouldn’t be surprised, and you shouldn’t be either. “For all that’s in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–it comes not from the Father, but from the world.” (1 John 2:16) Pride is second nature to us all and has to be dealt with on a daily basis.
The bottom line is that we all want to be loved, appreciated, taken care of, etc. Still, we can’t allow ourselves to fall prey to the wiles of the devil. Worship leader, please know this. Even if you do not receive the accolades and admiration, you are appreciated. On the other hand, for those of you who feel like you deserve something for what you bring to the table, think again. No one is indispensable. I promise you, there is someone more talented, more anointed, and more prepared than you are, around the corner. Be grateful for what you have. Pride has no place in the kingdom of God. Humble yourself quickly and move forward.