Coffee, Conversations, Calvin REBORN!
If you are keeping track this is like the 4th writing platform I have used now, but I do have a good reason. I lost my login/password for my one I have been using recently. I guess that whole “same login and password for everything” didn’t pay off for me this time. Also- I notice medium doesn’t like to change my grammatical errors, so hang on because it could get rough.
There has been some transition in my life in the last few months. I recently took a position as a Worship Pastor at Maple City Chapel in Goshen, IN, but that’s not what I want to talk about. If that’s something that intrigues you then let’s grab coffee.
This whole being a pastor thing is a little different for me. I have been licensed for about a year now, but now I really feel like I am legit. Now hold on before you freak out- I’m not going to talk about that really either. But as I was lying in bed last night I just had a thought. It’s really easy to get caught up in the title and defining characteristics of a career.
Now forgive me, how dare I call ministry a career. But it’s my job. It’s what I do with my life. So ya. Honestly look up the word career on google and then it won’t be a big deal. (Side note, I’ve been told I’m sassy and I feel that was sassy. So I guess it’s true)
Ok- getting caught up in the defining characteristics of my career. I am a worship pastor so naturally you can assume I lead worship and do music related things. But really that’s like 5% of what I actually do on a typical week, and if you really want to know what I do during the week- let’s have coffee.
Being a worship pastor is really not something that is worth measuring. By this I mean I don’t wake up every day and say, “How can I become the best musician/worship leader today?” Whether that’s good or bad I don’t really care. The reality is there will always be someone better than me. There will always be someone who is a better singer, guitarist, and leader than me. There will also be someone who misses fewer notes, has fewer voice cracks (The struggle is real. Seriously- yesterday I had an awesome voice crack), fewer wrong chords and decisions. The important thing is to ask the right questions. And this goes beyond ministry.
We all work with people. Whether or not you like it, it’s the world we live in. So instead of asking myself the question I said earlier, I could easily be asking myself, “How can I love people the best today?” What can I do to show people that I love them and value them?
Now you may be thinking, “But wait you could always say that there is someone better at it then you.” That’s true. But you know what? It doesn’t matter if someone is better than you. Is it really a contest to love people better than others? It’s all about your intention and heart. Most people will model the value and appreciation that they are given.
Let me leave you with this. I firmly believe that until you make the decision to make valuing and loving people a priority you will never be the best at your career. Ask the wrong question and you will get the wrong answer. Ask the right question and you just may get the answer you were originally looking for.
Want to talk? Let’s grab coffee.