“We only learn to behave ourselves in the presence of God.” – C. S. Lewis
I realized some time ago (in hindsight), that I really didn’t start seriously “growing up” until I became a father. I suddenly had my son – someone who couldn’t really do very much under his own power to take care of himself. He depended on me. And I took care of him – because I loved him. And he loved me back – that was the one thing he could give.
Our Father has the same sort of love. We are utterly helpless without Him. There is nothing that we can do to help ourselves that doesn’t ultimately have it’s source in Him. There’s nothing that we can do for God that will give Him something He needs or doesn’t have. All that we can do is love Him.
That’s hard for me. I’m a “do-er.” Type A. I like to be in control. I plan, strategize and measure. But it’s not enough. The only way anything spiritual happens in someones heart is when God prompts it. The only way worship happens is when God receives it.
I need to plan, work really hard, give my best – and then let it go. Trust God. And love Him.
Today I’m writing these words as a message to myself.
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I'm a Christian, a husband, a dad, a son, a pastor, a consultant, a musician, a writer, and bits and pieces of a bunch of other things. My work life has followed three main phases - business to teaching to church. I was the Weekend Services Pastor for nine years at Northview Church, an awesome church in the Indianapolis suburbs. I used to work for Willow Creek, another awesome church in the Chicago area. Plus I've written for various magazines and websites, and other freelancy sorts of things... My life mission is to help the church be as excellent as it can be.
Oh yeah - the name's Greg. Greg Wallace. But not the race car driver or the major league pitcher or the British celebrity chef. Just the creative worship guy. Hi.
It's my hope that these ideas, musings, rants, raves, etc... will inspire you. They're just my opinions - but again, I hope that they'll help to inspire you. Because the church really, really needs inspired creative types. If you're a creative type (and most people are, deep-down), ask God for help. Then take any ideas that are useful to you - borrow them, nab them, use them, adapt them - and make them into something greater...
You can head over to my Instagram site for an abundance of shorter posts: creativeworshipideas. If you're looking for consulting - especially on weekend services, team leadership or multi-site strategies - I'd love to help. Just message me here, and I'll be in touch - Greg
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