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Box Drum Blessings.

What an awesome God we serve.

I hate it when I have a great idea. Don’t you? No? Not all of you? I am sure some of you think that way. Let me explain.

I shared in my last post that I do not like to share. I worked very hard in high school on my appearance. Not just my looks, but my actions. I wanted to be the typical, non-wave making, friendly teenager. I was a little more outgoing in college, but there was still that lingering love-hate relationship with attention.

We love attention, especially when that attention comes with compliments. Some people are more introverted than others, but no one likes to be overlooked all the time. No one wants to be ignore and forgotten by their peers.

We hate attention, especially when it invites criticism. Every time we allow the limelight to fall on us, we run the risk of it exposing our flaws and our short comings along with it showing our genius. No matter how extroverted you are, no matter how well established your self-esteem and confidence are, no one likes to be criticized. No one wants to look like a failure in front of their peers.

This is why I became nervous as I watch new ideas flash across my brain. James and I have recently become the Youth Group Worship Leaders. We have been given the delight of leading the youth group in two or three worship songs every Wednesday before they go into their groups. We want to show them that worshiping isn’t just singing the songs we sing in church. Worship can be crazy songs, meaningful songs, loud songs, prayerful songs. It could be just rhythm or even no song at all. It could be meditation and thankfulness.

We also wanted to get the kids involved. So I bought a cajon, a box drum. We wanted to play the song Mountaintop by The City Harmonic, and that song is not the same without a drum. However, we are without an experienced drummer. So I bought a drum that does not require an experienced drummer! I played it for this time, but we are trying to come up with a time where we can teach some of the youth to enjoy it as well. It would be best if we had two, but we didn’t have enough money for that. So we thought that one would just have to do with now.

Wednesday came, we played. I was filled with worry that this was a poor purchase. I started to worry that the idea of getting the youth involved with worship, starting with this box drum, was going down the drain. No one liked it. It won’t work to teach them. Every one there saw my failure and is now aware and talking about how I think that I am clever but really I am self centered and only a mediocre worship leader. My limelight showed my flaws and I failed. At least, that is how I felt.

“Dear God, please let me know how we should proceed. How can we help these kids become more engaged and fall more in love with worshiping you?”

So during work today I was talking to one of my supervisors, who is also one of the youth leaders, about how we had the idea of letting the kids take turns with the box drum and hopefully finding some who would like to play it. She seemed slightly interested and told me the kids really liked the song we sang on Wednesday. Confidence bolstered. She then went to help a coworker carry the community pop from her car to our break room. “Kristin!” She exclaimed, “There is a box drum in the back of her car that she has been trying to sell for six months. I will make a call and I am thinking the youth group will buy it so we can have two!”

Blessings and encouragement come in all shapes and sizes. Mine looks like a box.

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Worshiping with Crouton, Slow Glow Activatur, Fatty, Nadaddy, and Chap Stique

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” – John 4:23-24

Sorry for the delay in the posts, but I was far too busy walking like a zombie, becoming a pro at the wobble, learning to crank it like a chainsaw, and enjoying the after affects of hitting the cray button. Well, at least that is what I did on Wednesday.

Wednesday morning I woke up bright and early, actually rolled out of bed at 6:30 and quick went for a short one mile run. After that it was time to get ready for a crazy weekend. I finished packing, ran some errands, and headed to church.

That is right, to church. Surprised? Well that is where it all started. I met up with the youth group and their leaders and watched them window paint the church van. The back window sporting the words “Sonshine Music Festival”. We were heading out for a weekend of worship, but not your typical worship, oh no. You might hear a hymn and church whorship song or two at Sonshine, but they either have a dubstep beat drop behind it or a man in a beard and steel strings playing it.

After the three-ish hour drive to Willmar we set up camp and got ready for our minds and our souls to be rocked. The lineup is a little light on the first day, being the party is just getting started but I was looking to finally hear Family Force 5. I had heard they were crazy and I had heard that some people did not approve. Perfect.

Family Force 5 is all about worshiping God, through ridiculousness. As I stood there I enjoyed learning how to wobble and crank it like a chainsaw. I watched the lead singer hit the cray button with his american flag painted hulk hands. I jumped, I head-banged, I screamed. But I felt out-of-place. The little Dutch, conservative, hymns only, don’t raise your hands in church girl was having some issues. Most of their songs didn’t even have the word God in them.

And then he explained. The lead singer, alias Slow Glow Activatur, talked about how if his little two-year old boy were to walk up to Slow Glow and say that he didn’t want to play with his toys anymore, he wanted to die for everyone, Slow Glow would tell him he was crazy. Slow Glow could never imagine having to watch his own boy die for someone else. But God did. God did this crazy thing for us and that is the message that they are sending.

Worship does not have to take place in church. Worship does not have to have “thee” and “thou” in it. Worship does not have to come out of a gray psalter hymnal. Worship does not have to be quiet and still. Worship must be in spirit and in truth. If you are worshiping in spirit and in truth well then you can sing Amazing Grace or you can sing Cray Button and the angels in heaven will rejoice at your song and God will smile.