…whenever i was 16, i hadn’t just been a Christian very long and had just started playing the guitar. once a month i went along to a youth event called Mannafest and i used to dream about one day standing on the stage leading all those people in worship.

i suppose back then it wasn’t really thoughts about advancing the Kingdom or pointing young people to Jesus that were filling my mind, but more about me being seen, noticed and appreciated. yes, i’ve always wanted to be used by God to impact people’s lives through worship, but there’s also that little bit of pride that always exists that is scared of people thinking i’m useless or rubbish at what i do. the stage has the potential to be a dangerous place sometimes, and it’s just as dangerous whether there are 10 people present, or over 1000…

but it’s been interesting over the past few years to see God slowly shape and mould those desires into something that He could use. yes i did get to lead a load of young people in worship at mannafest 2 weeks ago and it was an awesome night. but strangely i seemed just as excited about leading a 10 minute slot tonight in my own church at a gathering of less than 100 folks.

it’s not that i’m comparing the two events, but just simply realising what a privilege it is to serve God wherever and whenever. on a stage or off it. leading worship or communicating. hanging out with my mates or giving money in the offering plate. and also a reminder that God does bring about some of our dreams, even if our attitudes, motives and desires aren’t always in line with His at the time…

and just for the record, here’s a wee snap of the team after we finished at mannafest last week, although it’s minus Buff who had just rushed off somewhere!! i suppose i just talk up the guys who i serve alongside in worship because i happen to think they are some of the best musicians around. some of the biggest hearts. some of the greatest personalities. it’s more than just a band for these guys, or music, or songs, or gigs, and i’m a better person for having them around me…

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