These are interesting days we live in. We have never had more ways to express ourselves – more ways to inform the world about what we think. It seems the plethora of ways to communicate has only increased the amount of noise but hasn’t necessarily increased the wisdom of the hearers.
We go to social media to express our most recent outrage being completely convinced that everyone deserves our opinion. Have you noticed how often we make the wrong assumption? Twitter may be giving us more characters these days, but we don’t seem to have any more sense about what to do with them. In our focused efforts to be heard, we seem to be missing a vital step.
We need to have something to say.
I can really identify with Moses in Exodus 3 – “If I go to the Israelites, what should I say?” God faithfully replies, “This is what you should say.” (Exodus 3) And, from there God equips His leader to not only know where he should go and to whom he should speak – He told him what to say.
I realized years ago that the energy I spent trying to get my songs heard would be much better utilized working to make the songs worth hearing. The time I spend developing the message to be shared is much more important than the time I spend building the platform on which to share it.
Have you ever had thoughts like these?
If I could just meet the right people…
If I could just get someone to recommend me to that church…
If I could just get my songs to the right artist…
If I could just lead worship at that conference…
And then we desperately spin and spin on what we can do to be heard.
How about deciding to be desperate about something else? What would happen if we were much more concerned with having something to say? It seems to me if we were focused on knowing Christ and discerning what he would place in our hearts to share in a song or on a platform, the places and people to share it with would take care of themselves.
God, give us such a desire to know You that we can trust You will always give us something to say – and some way to say it.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.