“DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED by the difficulty of keeping your focus on Me. I know that your heart’s desire is to be aware of My Presence continually. This is a lofty goal; you aim toward it but never fully achieve it in this life. Don’t let feelings of failure weigh you down. Instead, try to see your self as I see you. First of all, I am delighted by your deep desire to walk closely with Me through your life. I’m pleased each time you initiate communication with Me. In addition, I notice the progress you have made since you first resolved to live in My Presence” from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. This devotional gives me so much peace and joy because as much as I try to keep my focus on Jesus, the distractions of this world pressures me and I tend to wander. However, God’s unconditional love for me reminds me, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us”. Romans 8:33-34
When I was in Jr. High and High School, leading worship with my peers was my favorite part of youth group. Not only did it help me develop as a musician and as a singer, but as a worship leader as well. Just this fall the youth ministry started hosting our own Creative Worship Night. This is designed for students who want to be a part of the youth worship team that plays at our Syosset and Manhasset campuses for our Sunday morning youth class. I’ve seen our students experience the community of a worship team and the growth that takes place in individual leadership on a musical and spiritual level. One of the main things that we've been talking about when we gather is that we are all worship leaders. When we’re on stage we want to be influencers of worship, inviting God's presence. John 3:30 says "He must increase, but I must decrease." We don't want to make our ministry about us, our talents, or our skills. Instead, every action inside of our ministry should point to Jesus and what He's done. This week, I encourage you to apply this verse to your life and make Jesus evident through the actions of your ministry!