Each week, as I climb the three stairs to our stage, I have potentially a whole host of problems going through my head; here are just twenty-one:
- Who is on the team this week?
- What’s the pastor speaking on?
- Who’s running sound?
- Who is running lights?
- What will the graphics look like?
- Did I remember to put the “Chorus” graphic in twice?
- What arrangement of (that song) did we decide on?
- Should that be an “Fmaj7” or just an “F”?
- Will the sound guy know when the guitar solo is?
- Will the coffee be brewed?
- Will the announcement person pray?
- Will there be any spelling errors or typos in slides?
- Did I meet that person last week?
- Who’s counting off the first song?
- Who’s counting off the second song?
- Where’s my bible?
- Does that child’s parents know that they’re in here?
- Where’s that buzz coming from?
- Did I eat breakfast?
- Is that “clever transition” going to work?
- AM I MAKING A DIFFERENCE????
Obviously, I can not answer most of these questions; however, I believe one of the essential elements for doing ministry is peace of mind. By the time I walk to the center of the stage, I need to be centered spiritually, intellectually and emotionally, and every question I have to deal with has the potential to pull me off my game. Luckily, I have to make choices with most of them. I can:
- Control them by answering them between Monday and Friday
- Control them by answering them Sunday with a conversation or a phone call
- Trust that they are answered, and just wait and see
- Know that they are not answered, but just release them (and make a note to address them later)
The trick to doing nearly anything is knowing when to press/control and when to release. There are simply certain things that I will trade in order to preserve my peace of mind. It may mean that I have to deal with a “curve ball” or two, but I also know where my “shoulders are big“, so I know which areas/categories are easier for me to release.
What about you? Do you know what questions confront you when you are “shipping”? Do you know what to release, control, or trust?