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Who Moved My Motivation?

When worship leaders and worship pastors get in a “rut”, it can lead to bad consequences for their future. “Ruts” happen – how we deal with them can set the tone for how we will survive them.

There are a variety of reasons why we get in ruts:

  • we’ve been doing the same job for a long time.
  • we’ve been doing the wrong job for a long time (more on that tomorrow)
  • we’ve been longing for something more and unable to reach it
  • we feel like we can’t measure up.

While you can certainly insert your own reasons – the more important aspect of all of these is how to get out.  I am fairly confident that one huge piece of the “rut” puzzle applies more to what we aren’t doing than what we are doing.  So what is the big secret?

Spend time worshiping God in private.

It seems so simple – but we miss it so often.  We spend so much of our time leading others in worship that we fail to do it ourselves.  Find a quiet place without any distractions.  Grab your guitar or keyboard and spend some time just singing to God.  “Here I Am To Worship”, one of the most popular worship songs still today, was a direct result of a personal time of worship.  In fact, it was never intended to be made public.  Create a song just for you and God – or sing songs of purpose to him.  In the same setting – spend time in prayer and time in the Word.  As God what He would like to share with you – and be open to hearing Him.

I cannot begin to tell you how many fears, uneasiness, and other emotions that are sure “rut-makers” I have abandoned by taking those little private moments of worship.  So – take a moment to do a couple of things.  First, walk away from the computer.  Next, go into a private room and pray that God would help you to set a schedule of including Him in your busy day.  Finally, make the plans to spend that time.

I can assure you that there is no rut that God can’t help you get out of.