I never expected to be doing the things that I’ve been doing at my church for the last ten years. When I first joined the praise team, I said I’d help create the PowerPoint slides for the contemporary song presentations and that I would learn to play guitar. I learned how to play guitar through people that were already on the praise team. The team then acquired a guitarist and asked if I could learn bass, so I made the switch to help out. Later, the praise team leader asked me if I would be willing to sing because they wanted another male voice. Needless to say, I didn’t think I had a good enough voice to help lead worship. I was content with playing bass. God kept pushing me out of my comfort zone and I tried out to be a singer on the team. I started singing with them in 2010. I’m still critical of my voice even though people say that I’m a good singer. I give all the glory to God. I also said I never wanted to be the praise team leader. However, God had a different plan. When the original praise team leader stepped down in 2015, I was voted on as the person to replace him. I was shocked and honored at the same time that the entire team thought I would make a good leader. I’m in charge of researching and picking the music for our service and setting up the equipment every week. I enjoy working with other talented individuals. I feel called to serve God. I’ve learned to “never say never” about anything in my life. God has pushed me beyond my areas of comfort through volunteering on the praise team. Leading worship every week is not only my job, but it helps me remember what and who is important in my life. It’s not about the way we sound when we play the music or sing the lyrics. It’s all about our attitudes while serving Him by leading the congregation in worship. It’s all about glorifying God.
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