Unclogging our streams…

For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Blue Online Worship Theology Course with Dan Wilt.

Dan Wilt in Essentials in Worship Theology wrote in his text,

“We are always flowing in some way and are at our best when creative inlets and outlets are occurring simultaneously in our lives. It is vital that our understanding of the nature of worship never leave it devoid of an ongoing creative flow from and for our local communities.” [1]

The lack of an inlet in a stream dries up the river. The lack of an outlet ends in flooding and the stream going outside of its banks. If both are not moving, then the result is stagnation and a place where once clean water becomes diseased and dangerous.

As artists, it is important to remember to keep the flow moving in our lives. As leaders, it is important to encourage that flow in others and to nurture it when it is in our power to do so.

For the last 5 years though I have been fairly active in ministry, I have felt “clogged” in fulfilling my calling. I was taking some flow in, but not really immersing myself like I had in the past. And while I was playing, serving and leading worship, I still was not stepping out like I felt God had directed me to. I have become complacent.

Being a person who firmly believes that the physical in our lives map to our spiritual condition, I am not surprised that I was recently diagnosed with and am currently being treated for a bunch of blood clots in my leg. I am walking out getting them cleared up and dissolved and at the same time trying to make changes in life that walk out my calling and thus get the life flow, spiritual and physical, moving again.

It was a breath of fresh air to realize that our creativity is important and even more than that a reflection of Him. To ignore it is to ignore His work in us.

Nonetheless it is sometimes difficult to make time for these things that make the life flow. For me it has been some simple changes that have already made a difference. A few set times to pursue fellowship with those who I can give and receive encouragement and sharpening, and a plan and target to focus creativity on. These are helping me make the turn, and will stick, God willing.

May God give us the insight to see how and where we can find that fulfilling activity that both brings Him pleasure and makes the life flow in and out of us.

1. Dan Wilt, Essentials In Worship Theology, p. 43-44

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Posted on October 30, 2008, in leadership, study, theology, worship and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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