This is a guest post by Jim Woods. He is a writer, dreamer, coach and chocolate chip cookie addict. You can read more of his posts at his blog here or find him on Twitter. I highly recommend checking out his writing!
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For many, worship is Christian music and there is no difference between the two. It’s like the terms “tissue” and “Kleenex.” Call it whatever you’d like — but I must admit I’m not a fan of the majority of Christian music. I am quick to tune out anything that feels fake or preconceived. Most of Christian music feels that way to me.
I don’t like a lot of Christian music. Can I still worship?
Sometimes I’ll get more out of a U2 song than a 40-minute long sermon. I might bask in God’s glory while listening to a song that 99% of the planet might not even consider a worship song.
But what about those times that you are just not feeling music as a form of worship? Sometimes, my body fights me. The music isn’t landing on my ears. I hear the notes, but nothing sticks.
My heart is not engaged.
About a year ago, someone made a painting during the message at church. I thought it a little odd at first as my brain initially told me, “That’s not worship.” By the end of the sermon, the artist had a beautiful painting completely inspired by the message. I now realize my initial response was completely wrong.
True worship is giving glory back to our Creator.
Worship is using our talents and abilities, whatever they are.
If you are a painter, you paint.
If you are a singer, you sing.
If you are an accountant, you crunch numbers.
If you are a writer, you write.
With this thought in mind, I started coming to church with pen and paper in hand. I take notes from the message, but also let God guide me where He wants me to go as a writer.
Some might not view writing as worship. And that’s alright. Worship is not about what others think; it is about God.
Worship is using what God has given us for HIS glory, not ours.
I challenge you to rethink how you view worship.
How can you use the gifts you’ve been given for God’s glory?