Much of the unhappiness in the average church staff [and in average humans in general, myself included] that I see comes from envy. Within each of us is the desire for what someone else has – along with its partner lie: ”If I only had it, I’d be happy.” The feeling that we actually DESERVE more – or wish others had LESS – is even worse…
I fail in this area often, but can at least be grateful that there have been many smarter than me who have recognized this dangerous and destructive sin:
“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own” – Harold Coffin
“When was the last time that you thanked God for what He did for someone else?” – Rick Warren
“As iron is eaten by rust, so are the envious consumed by envy.” – Antisthenes
“We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives with the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.” – C.S Lewis
Hmmm - well, let's see...
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...
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