Following the Leader

 

Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.

Proverbs 4:25-26

Atlanta Arts Network has been an interesting experiment for me.  As a coordinator, I have learned the importance of focusing on and walking toward what God has called me to do.

As I have taken these steps, little did I know how the ebb and flow of relationships would change the way the Atlanta Arts Network grew and adapted to the people and opportunities that God would bring.

At this point in my life, I find myself reflecting on the advice of a mentor or mine.  He once told me that at some point I would have to choose between pursing a pastoral discipleship ministry and that of a worship leader.

Honestly, at the time, I dismissed the statement as interesting perspective but not certainly what I saw God doing at the time.  It wasn’t until I continue down the path forward, that I began to see how God himself was slowly taking some opportunities away from me and opening new doors.

At each turn on the path, I continued to resist the changes and yet kept reminding myself of the promises.  These steps follow a different kind of leader.  For as the years have gone by the opportunities to coach worship leaders has continued and more discipleship relationships are being built.  Yet the official roles of artist and worship leader have not presented themselves.

As my time and efforts toward building disciples has continue to grow, the worship artist role has become one of encouragement and support.  Where I once desired a voice and wanted to change the culture of creatives in my church, there are new artists taking the lead.  My pride was a bit hurt.  I saw people who I loved and enjoyed working with move on.  Yet I have been called to look forward.

Yes, I am at the point where, I am “pondering” my steps.  But what I do know is that while I am focused on the “Author and Perfector of my Faith” my footsteps will be firm.

Who knows what God is doing with the Atlanta Arts Network? There are some really cool things going on in the city.  While my roles have changed, my passion to see worship leaders encouraged and Christ following Artists find community still remains.

My encouragement to you… Keep your eyes on Him.

Hebrews 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.