If You Don’t Have Anything To Say…

I’m sure that nearly everyone reading this has been told, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I’d go one further and drop the “nice” from the sentence. If you don’t have anything to say, don’t say anything.

I’m not a big talker, especially when I lead worship. I have friends and colleagues who like to add their thoughts and share things while they lead. I prefer to give simple instructions and let the lyrics of the songs and the Holy Spirit do the speaking. But that’s just me.

I’ve been enjoying Tommy Walker’s series on how to engage your congregation that’s being run at Lifeway Worship. And this week’s entry really “spoke” to me.

The focus of this week’s entry is being spiritually prepared:

Luke 6:45 — Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The reason we often don’t have anything to say is because we have allowed our hearts to be preoccupied with everything but our Lord. Being spiritually prepared is not only having a prayer or a short devotional thought planned out, it is living the lifestyle of a worshiper. Consistency in your personal times of devotion will definitely show up on stage.

But this part jumped out at me, too:

One way to lose your worship leader job in a hurry is to talk too much. Don’t forget, in most cases there’s a whole sermon coming. All we need to provide is either a short response to how we feel God is moving in the moment, or a planned out thought or prayer. Make sure it’s concise, to the point and heartfelt. God can say so much with so little if we will just think and pray about a direct and concise way to proclaim His love.

I think this is really easy for many of us to forget. A little bit really does go a long way.

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