I recently came across this video and it completely floored me.
You want to talk about being an encourager, this guy has got it! It got me to thinking about why encouragement is important.
It was a little over a year ago that I received an e-mail from Jon Acuff, titled “Adventurers Wanted”. It was a very vague e-mail about going on an adventure, needing a machete and a passport. It intrigued me, so I replied. It led me into this Facebook group that became a community. This community is filled with encouragers, not only through words, but actions. You see, the group was started in connection with Jon’s book “Start”, which encouraged me to figure out what my dreams were and to start working toward them. I’ve received much encouragement from this group and God willing, I’ve provided encouragement to others.
As I look back through my life as a musician in the church, I have received plenty of encouragement there. And in my struggles and trials of trying to figure out how all of this “ministry stuff” makes sense and to do it in the best way that I can, I have been so blessed to be encouraged by countless amazing people.
Isn’t that one of the roles of music in our lives? To provide encouragement? Isn’t it amazing sometimes that at just the right time, a song comes along that speaks to whatever struggle we face, or gives us hope to fight through whatever situation we are going through? I think that is one of the most beautiful and powerful things that music can provide. Hope.
While I am nowhere close to being an expert on things relating to church music ministry, I’ve had enough ups and downs and trials and errors to be able to use that knowledge and experience to encourage others. This blog post came out of a Facebook conversation with another church musician, that I was able to give this person some ideas and insights. They may not work, but I think that the other person was in need of encouragement and hope. I’ve been that person. It’s a struggle.
I want to be Apollos Hester. I want to provide encouragement to others. I may not be able to do it in the most passionate and excited way that he did, but I want to be able to provide encouragement by being that listening ear, that shoulder to cry on, that voice to provide hope. Because encouragement does matter. Those words “you CAN do it” matter. Those words have been spoken to me over and over again and it is my hope and prayer that God continues to provide me opportunity to encourage others. If you need that encouragement, let me know. I’ll be happy to help.