These were words that echoed around me at the end of my first year of C3 College in 2001.
Words that are easier said than done, especially to a creative that just wants to arrive at the destination. Something I know and continue to learn, is that we actually rarely arrive at that destination because as we have already dreamed of a new one by the time we get there!
I've been a part of C3 Music for 19 years and through many different situations of highs, lows, struggles, disappointments, stretching, triumph and so on, that we all go through in this thing called life.
God has given us instructions to help us as worshippers on our journey. I believe these are non-negotiable's to stay in HIM and to help us keep longevity.
1. RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Our relationship with God must be number one throughout our journey. I know that sounds simple, but it's often the thing that goes from being number 1 to 3 or 10. Trust me I have struggled at times, especially with 2 young boys.
// PRAYER will help us understand the season we are in and be guided by the Holy Spirit.
// THE WORD is crucial for us to have guidance from the Holy Spirit and to protect our minds from the enemy.
That’s how we fight our battles! We know who we are in Christ and our identity is caught up in HIM and not in our gift, circumstance, position or man.
To do life with people, where we can serve one another, be vulnerable, accountable and have FUN! We can't do it on our own.
As they say - F.R.I.E.N.D.S
Fight for you.
Stand by you.
It's important to not just focus on the task but on the people around you, your community and include them in your world.
In all we do, whether it's worship on a Sunday, going to uni, being a full-time mum or dad or working full time, we need to remember it all comes down to relationship and community.
We also show this with our team and having a relationship with the congregation. They need to see that you are there for them and then they will trust you.
3. STAY TEACHABLE
1 Peter 5:5
The older I become, the less I feel like I know!
True humility is staying teachable, regardless of how much you already know
It's so important that we stay teachable with our gift but also in our hearts. I've often seen people receive a position and then assumed and demand respect. We only can earn people's trust and respect by being humble and teachable in ALL that we do. I've often heard that it's better to lose the argument and keep the friendship, than to be the friend that is always right! Obviously, we all have things to contribute and have higher qualifications or experience in different areas, but it's the spirit behind the actions and words we speak. The true heart attitude!
A clear picture that God gave me many years ago was... Dream big and hold that dream with a hand that is open.