Sometimes God must use our pain to wake us up… In the midst of the devastating tragedy of Ukraine, one glimpse of hope shines out…Our eyes, even if just for one brief moment, have been taken off of ourselves. We live in one of the most self-focused eras that has ever existed. Self-obsession in our culture is not only tolerated – it’s glorified. “You do you,” the current American mantra, is taken as a given – and uttered as a demand.
Ultimately, this is not how God designed us. It’s not a coincidence that in the midst of this hyper-inward focus we are also mentally and emotionally disintegrating. Self-obsession ultimately leads to self-destruction.
The ONLY hope is when our eyes move off of ourselves – and onto God, and the people He has created. We exist to serve, plain and simple. God has – with extreme clarity – pointed out the way. Love Him above all and love others as ourselves. We show this love by serving.
It’s not drudgery. It is, in fact, our only hope for true happiness.
“The entire population of the world – with one minor exception – is composed of others.” John C. Maxwell
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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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