“How beautiful this life can be, when there more of you and less of me.” These lyrics from CCV’s new song really hit home with me the last few weeks. Being in ministry focused events, sometimes it’s easy to focus on the event details and what you need to do all while forgetting to take time to see how God’s working through the event. But, that’s the main reason I’m in ministry; it’s to share the Gospel and watch God change the lives of people who are part of the event, while also doing something I love.
I’ve had the opportunity over the last few weeks to be tour manager for a few events, one of which I was doing by myself (I had volunteers and everything but I was the only staff person going). Before every event I always pray that God will remind me to take the time to see what I call the “God things” throughout the day. Whether that’s a story of how God worked, someone coming up and asking me to pray with them, having a really long theological question with a hotel employee at 1am, or just a little blessing that God throws in my path, I pray that I will see those and not just focus on what I need to do. However, before this specific weekend, that prayer was a little longer. I knew that since I was the tour manager, my to do list would be longer, I’d be even more focused on the details, and I’d be trying to fix any problems that may arise, plus I’d be extra focused on making sure I’m doing everything right because I want to represent EFP well. So I prayed that I’d still take the time to see the God things, that I’d still take the time to listen to someone’s story, and that I would remember that it’s ultimately all for Him. As I was praying this, I felt God tell me, “just remember the lyrics to that song you’ve listened to on repeat the last couple days. It’ll be more beautiful when there’s more of Me and less of you.”
So I did; anytime I’d get stressed with an obstacle that may have arose or felt myself not focusing on the ministry part of it, I’d repeat those lyrics in my head. It reminded me that even if not everything is perfect or even if I look back and said I could’ve done something better (which is good in some cases because it’s a learning experience), as long as God was the focus of it and lives were touched, that is all that matters. In the end it doesn’t really matter what we do, God will use it to bless people. We just need to do the best we can and remember we’re doing it for His glory.
Life really is more beautiful when there’s more of God and less of me. I challenge you to make that your focus, as well.
“He must become greater, I must become less.”