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Worship Wednesday: Going Through The Motions

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community, Worship Wednesday

As a kid growing up in a mega church, I participated in everything. Every time the church doors were open, I was there. Youth choir was a favorite of mine, and believe it or not, a pretty exciting event, jazz hands and all!

We would put on drama’s and musical’s and go on small little tours across the south, performing at various churches, theaters, and parks.

And lets face it, you can’t have a good musical without good choreography. (permission to laugh at me)

Jazz Hands

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One of the things I remember most about those days was being taught in rehearsals that we couldn’t just go through the motions. We had to feel it!

I learned then and have continued to see throughout my career, that in any performance art, communication doesn’t just happen via the words spoken or sung.

In other words, when we just go through the motions, our audiences know it. They feel it and it radically alters their experience. (you can tweet that if you like)

Worship, however is not a performance

Now before I am misunderstood or taken out of context, let me be clear.

Our worship, either corporate or individual, are not performances.

God does not sit up in Heaven grading you and I, rewarding us on some kind of scale, based on the excellence of our performance.

Can you imagine? What an awful picture of love that would be!

Recently I received a message from someone I didn’t know, and was told they have stopped praying and worshipping because they believe God hates them. They felt like everything just keeps going from bad to worse.

This broke my heart, but made me think about my own life.

I too have felt that way.

I too know that place and know the despair that’s enveloped in those words.

What I learned is that sometimes going through the motions is enough.

It’s certainly no way to live, and almost impossible to sustain, but if that’s all I have to give, then it’s enough.

And that’s all worship is; our authentic response, whatever that response may be.

That response may not look like someone else’s or sound like someone else’s, but if it authentic then that’s all that matters.

Perhaps you’re in a similar place and experiencing life as just going through the motions.

That’s ok, I believe you’re right where you’re supposed to be.

Often times, we have to get to this place before we can move on to the next place.

I will say this though, should you need help, get it.

That’s what community is meant for, and there is not a person is reading this, that doesn’t need it.

Where is your heart today?

Are you just going through the motions?

Do you feel isolated and alone?

The good news is, you’re not alone!

I’d love to hear your answers and know where you are!

Share your thoughts in the comments below!



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Josh Collins is a Communicator and Experience Architect who lives in Franklin, Tn. His passion is to create awesome experiences that change the way we engage audiences and help you do the same.
  • http://www.chrismorriswrites.com/ Chris Morris

    This is such an important message Josh. It is OKAY to just be real with God, whether we are perfect or not. Going through the motions, if that’s what we have, Transparency is a bit of a buzz word in some Christian circles today (and sometimes becomes a word without meaning), but transparency like this is exactly what God desires. Thanks for the reminder

    • http://www.thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

      Chris, believe it or not, sharing these words were a challenge for me! There is a voice inside me that says, because I’m looked at as an example or having a position of authority or leadership, I have to have it all figured out. I can’t struggle, or I can’t be angry or can’t hurt. But I do, and somedays all I can muster is motions. Yet I’m reminded over and over again that’s enough. No matter where I am, or how that looks like, it’s enough.

      • http://www.chrismorriswrites.com/ Chris Morris

        I have been a small group / discipleship leader for years, and I totally hear that voice. The accusations — “Who are you to lead these people? You are not even connected with God” — never stop. It’s a process for me at least of learning to ignore those lies and move into transparent leading. My experience has been that this type of honesty in leadership is actually appreciated.

        • http://www.thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

          That’s awesome Chris! Not only appreciated, but I would contend necessary for future generations of the church!

Posted on: July 10, 2013

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