What you do

1 Feb


A friend posted this on Facebook tonight:

Last week, I did a gig in Spain leading worship for international missionaries. After working fine for a couple of days, my guitar rig got fried by some sort of power glitch. So, I had to finish 4 days of music for the conference with ONE electric guitar sound.

No verbs, delays, overdrives, or anything. All I had was a Tele Thinline and a Tech21 Blonde pedal (analog Fender amp simulator) with one setting.

This is good…

Here’s what I (re)learned from the experience:

1) Limited options inspire more creativity than unlimited options.

2) Anything that makes you play simpler, more carefully-composed parts is a good thing.

3) Your audience only cares that you play with creativity and passion. Few people, if any, will ever know or notice what you DON’T have. They’ll just notice what you DO, with what you have.

Of COURSE I’m not gonna do that again by choice, but I am actually grateful for the experience.

Equipment is not the only limitation we get hung up on. Personnel (If only we had a bass player…); bigger church building (If only we had more room…); more talented preacher (If only we got meat instead of milk…); ______ (Insert your wish.)

Why do we worship again? What is the point of excellence? Why do we expend so much energy and creativity getting ready for Sunday?

Oh, that’s right….

For God.




Several years ago the worship team I was a part of had the “if only-s”. There was always a reason why we couldn’t fully worship God.

Then we recognized our idolatry. We had put a list of our own desires between us and worship God.

He wants our best efforts.

But if we have one talent, he doesn’t expect a ten-talent performance.

We are not responsible for what he has not provided, only for what we can give him– all we have.

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.  Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44


In blogmanship cooperation, Scott’s facebook status turned into this post, which turned into more from Scott here. A picture of the Body and web-laboration!



2 Responses to “What you do”


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