I’ve made calendars in the past with family pictures to give for Christmas gifts to family. Everyone always looked forward to each year’s new calendar with fun pics and each month had a list of birthdays and anniversaries. Sadly, I didn’t make time to get them done in 2014…or 2015. So, this year I was determined to have 2016 calendars done and ready for gifting.
I found the calendars on sale and the 60% off was ending soon, the house was quiet, and I was knocking this task off the Christmas “to-do” list. It was after midnight one night when I finally wrapped up the design and hit the “Order” button. I was done! I got my Christmas cards and calendars on order.
My package arrived December 7 bearing these precious calendars and cards to give for Christmas. I opened my box and flipped through the calendars and right there in the month of May I had typed a caption that read, “Dawn, But, Pap & Abbie”. My sweet mother, whom we call Bug, was labeled as “But”… thankfully, it only had one “t”! I’m thinking.. well, I can put labels over that area. Or, I can use a sharpie.. or we can just all get a good laugh.
Frustrated with myself .. but laughing… (I mean, what else can you do).. I showed this mistake to my kiddos… who flip through the calendar and proceed to tell me.. “Mom, this calendar is 2013.. it’s not even the right year!”
As I’ve said before.. I’m a hot mess… but blessed none the less! Needless to say, I’ve redone the calendars. I had my 11 year old proof read. And, I pressed “Order” again. It’s really not a good deal when you have to order the same thing twice. Thankfully, they were still on sale. So, I bought the same items twice.. once at 60% off and once at 50% off.. I guess that means I ended up paying full price in addition to wasting time. I can’t help but be reminded of the saying, “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, what makes you think you’ll have time to do it over?” I’m thankful I did have time for a do-over. But, yet again… I’ve learned the hard way that it’s just best to slow down, do it right, and always have a proofreader before hitting “order” or “publish”.
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On the stage, my daughter and one of her friends joined with the worship team to lead worship. I am beyond thrilled that both of them want to glorify the King of Kings with gift he so generously gave them. Usually, I’m the one singing with the worship team. But today, I sat in the A/V booth and ran the sound board as they filled the sanctuary with music… making a glorious noise to the Lord! I thank God for the chance to train and teach the younger generation. And, I also am reminded of how important each part of the body of Christ is.
I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with these young ladies and share with them the things I’ve learned about singing and leading worship. Of course, the main thing in leading worship is entering into genuine heartfelt worship of our Creator and Lord. There have been times I’ve shown up to lead … and not been able to because my heart was not in the right place. (But… that’s another blog post.) I also help them with stage presence, body language, and A/V advice. I’m certainly not perfect; but, I can pass along what I know that will help the next generation be leaders.
Working the sound board was a quite a task! It’s one of those jobs you don’t appreciate until you have to do it. I would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to my hubby and the others who work hard behind the scenes in the Audio/Visual booth. Their dedication to quality and precision is so appreciated! I know us artsy people drive you Type A’s crazy. But, we need you! These behind the scenes workers get little to no acknowledgement. However, they make a huge sacrifice of time and effort to make everything flow smoothly and sound fantastic. Though our gifting is polar opposite, we work together in patience and love (usually) for the good of the entire church.
When I am singing, I hear myself loudly in my ear monitors with the piano, keyboard, guitar, drums, and other vocals set however I want them … really more focused on hearing myself. But, today, my job was to adjust the sound to mesh the vocals and instruments into a pleasing harmony. I had to listen intently and make needed changes. There were times I turned one vocalist up louder than the rest. Other times, a particular instrument needed to be adjusted up or down. Each instrument and each voice has a distinct sound, and, alone they may sound good; but, brought together with the right intensity, they make a beautiful magnificent tune.
We each have different gifts and talents. Consider who you might pass your wisdom along to. Who can you encourage and help? I encourage you to be a mentor and help someone find their passion. And, while your helping them to be their best at what they do, remind them that others are important too. Alone, we can do an okay job… But, when we come together, sharing our gifts with each other and joining together in projects & activities we can do amazing things!
My heart is overflowing with gratitude today. Enjoy this clip from “One Thing Remains”
Rise & Shine!
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” ~ 1 Cor 12: 12-14