“You do you.” In other words, doing what is right in your own eyes. Some of the worst advice in history. Here’s why… The entire premise of “you do you” is that we know what we’re doing. That what we want is what is best for us and those around us. Sorry, but I know a lot of you, and you’re a mess. So am I. If “I do me,” I’m just going to make the mess deeper and deeper, and hurt those around me in ever increasing amounts…
“You do you” is built on personal comfort and self-centeredness at an almost psychotic level. It’s a product of the most narcissistic world culture that has ever existed. So – what do we do?
First off, admit the truth. Not “your truth.” Not “my truth.” THE truth. Danny Anderson nailed it: “There aren’t 7 ½ billion truths out there.” Acknowledge that you actually don’t know what’s best much of the time, and that many of the things that you want and do are, in fact, bad. Acknowledge that you are not the source of truth, and stop trying to redefine the word. Then look for ACTUAL truth. Here’s a good place to start:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
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...
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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