worshiping well for others

5 05 2010

On Easter my church had Easter in the Park.

After we ate my friend Nick Summers told me, “I like the way you worship.”

He proceeded to tell me how he liked it and just recently felt ready to raise his hand in worship. Nick was comparing how I worshiped with how he worshiped; and continued how he aspired to more freely express himself in worship.

What are you supposed to say to someone who likes you in worship when you really want people to focus on God?

I think the take away is that my being that active in worship made worshiping with hands raised seem conservative. The point is that when one starts being more extreme in the way one worships, whether it would be with all out dancing and hollering, or with absolute stilled focus on God, people can feel like they can move in that direction without being the “freak.”

I’ve felt like it was important that I worship freely not where I am not a distraction by hiding away somewhere, but where others can see me. This totally challenged my thought process because I wanted eyes to be on God, but I felt God encourage me to do this against my own desires for the sake of other people.

If I can help people move closer to where they feel they optimally express their worship for God by being a little bit of an eye catcher than, I’ll do it. My hope is that God would encourage the right people by their seeing me and help the right people not be distracted by what I do.

I may be wrong and that’s OK. This is just a thought really. I’m thinking that the way we worship can be not only for God, but also for others so that God would be most worshiped when others all freedom to express worship to God as their souls deeply desire.

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