Somewhere along the way one of the greatest things has happened to me. A friend of mine CJ Casciotta (@cjcasciotta), who is an awesome guy doing amazing things here in Nashville, told me about a book by Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog) called When It’s Your Turn.
This book has been a great read for me, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is in a planting season. In the book, Seth tells a story about the great trumpet player Miles Davis and how Miles would sometimes play his trumpet with his back turned to his audience. The reason he would do this is so that the audience would have no power over what he just created.
As a pastor, a performer and at times a praise seeker, this simple yet profound act made me take two steps back and go, YES! That is it! There is such power in this act because I am in a time in my life where creating is all I’m doing. Almost everyday I get to share the dreams God has placed on my heart and called me to create. Which is why I have come to the conclusion that for this time in my life, God has me exactly where He wants me, to teach me exactly what He wants to teach me and whether people like what we are creating or not is really of no concern.
This played out on a beautiful, hot, and humid afternoon in Nashville, standing in front of around 19-23 people watching me share the heart and vision of THE MOVE CHURCH. As I was sharing, I began to look at the people. Were they listening? Were they engaged? Was what I was saying moving? Would they be moved to action? Will they want to be apart of this? The truthful answer is, I don’t know. And honestly, I have gotten to the place where I am totally comfortable with that. Because God is teaching me to be like Miles Davis, to cast vision pretending my back is to the audience, not because I don’t care, but because if I want to create something great, I can’t give the audience power over the content God created me to create.
To me the gospel is the greatest story to ever happen to humanity. It is beautiful and exciting and I get to share it with as many people as we can gather. God has been writing the story of humanity since the beginning and He has now called me to take my place, step up to the plate and through His power create another local community of believers who will love him and love people. And stepping up to the plate and taking my swing is really all that matters.
Are you stepping up to the plate and swinging because you know that is what you are supposed to be doing? Or are you still in the dugout with the announcer is calling your name signaling that its your turn? Don’t let someone else hit for you. You’re up! It’s your turn to create and swing, and I’m learning that is all that really matters.