“Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.”
-Galatians 6:9 (AMP)
Sometimes, it’s hard to keep going. We may have started our journey with excitement and enthusiasm, bursting out of the gate at a sprint. But then over time, our initial excitement fades, and each step seems laborious. We know our gifting and we know our calling, but it feels like we’ve become bogged down in the swamp of the mundane. Week after week, we pick songs, practice them, sing them, only to do it all again the following weekend. At the same time, things have gotten stressful at work and our family lives have gotten busy…we start to think, “maybe it’s time to give up on this ‘extra-curricular’ worship thing…”
Maybe rest is all you need. Maybe a break is all you need. Maybe you’re just walking through the valley and the next level is just ahead. Maybe you just need a spark of inspiration to get the juices flowing again.
The reality is that any aspect of human life has a certain level of the “mundane” or “valley” in it. Imagine the professional athlete, at the top of their game. Their greater reality is not the few minutes of glory on the field that the world sees. Their greater reality is the 90-95% of their time spent exercising, studying, and practicing. We only get to see a mere 5-10% of their time spent in the glory of the arena.
The same is true of the popular musicians and artists we look up to. For every glamorous hour they spend on stage, there are 10-20 hours spent trying to sleep in a van, counting T-Shirts, practicing, and trying to avoid food poisoning.
What I’m getting at is that any pursuit, large or small has an element of the mundane that we need to push through. Settling on a worthy pursuit, putting in the necessary time and effort, and staying the course is the only way to accomplish great things. It is part of God’s design of sowing and reaping. Feelings of discouragement can set in. However, as Paul encouraged the Galatians, we should not grow weary or become discouraged in the good pursuits we’ve chosen.
There are two practices that I would like to focus on, that I believe can help us get through the valley of the mundane.
First, take a step back to spend time alone with God. This can happen in many different ways; find the ways of connecting with God that work best for you.
A few ideas:
Go back to the last time you clearly heard from God. What did He say? Journal. Let your thoughts run free. What do you want to say to God, and what do you sense Him saying to you? Was there a particular vehicle that helped you connect with God? Listening to worship music, walking in nature, meditating on scripture while mowing the lawn, etc. Carve out some time without distractions where you can let the peace of God wash over you.
Re-engage in the community of corporate worship. Perhaps there’s a harvest already showing and you didn’t even realize it. I’m greatly encouraged when I step back, and look out during a worship set, and see the others in the room engaging. There’s something about the corporate worship experience that causes the Spirit to stir in ways that can’t be reached in private. It’s the gathering together of the Bride of Christ in one voice and one accord. It’s the atmosphere of Heaven, where the Spirit of God moves and touches lives.
The conference setting is also a good way to re-engage in corporate worship. I was very encouraged by the recent Worship Summit. There’s a great thing that happens when you find mutual support in a “tribe” of like-minded people. The community of worship leaders and teams that gathered was a great spark to reignite a flickering passion for the pursuit of worship leading. Events such as the Worship Summit are very inspiring and a great way to re-engage.
I encourage us all to keep running the race set before us. Let us not grow weary in the worthy pursuit of worshiping God and leading others into His Presence.