So this is by far my favorite moment of the #GUCONF17 ARCHIVES. I've been waiting to post it until I felt like I had something to share that might encourage somebody. If you're not a musician at your church, you don't need to keep reading, lol, but if you are, then maybe this might encourage somebody out there - I’ve been thinking, and I realize that sometimes the expectations that are set on us as worship musicians can be high, and sometimes life happens, and then before you know it, we find ourselves wondering if we can still walk up on that stage, pick up our instruments, and worship God through our pain. And the answer is yes, we can. I think sometimes the most beautiful moments are created when we worship with a broken heart. It’s in those moments that we show God that regardless of what’s come our way, regardless if the spotlight is there, regardless if the conference lights are on, regardless if the crowds are there or not there, He’s still a good God, and He’s worthy of our praise. Whatever has happened during the week, we have to let that go. Whoever’s hurt us during the week, we can’t let that affect us. For me, as soon as I pick up my sticks and sit down on the kit, the only thing that matters is that I give nothing less than my best. It has absolutely nothing to do with us, but as musicians in the church, we have the amazing privilege of creating an atmosphere where people, quite possibly for the first time ever, can have a genuine moment with God that will change the course of their lives forever, and we should always fight for that. We should always fight to create a pure, genuine atmosphere where those kind of moments can happen for the people in our churches, because that’s what matters. That’s what’s important. Our praise in the spotlight is a reflection of our tears in the shadows. Let your confidence be found in His faithfullness and be encouraged that at the end of the day, all of His promises are Yes and Amen. Rest in His promises fellow musicians, what we do matters, and it will always be worth fighting for.