I love the local church and I love being able to drive to the church each day and spend my day serving in what I believe is the hope of the world...the local church! But there is one position in local church work that I wouldn't want for a million dollars. That's kind of funny because my own son is going to school right now studying to give his life to this position in the local church. I am speaking of being the Director of Worship. Now that's a tough job.
Being the Director of Worship in a local church is like living your life week to week as the character, Goldilocks, in the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears...Papa Bear, Mama Bear and little Baby Bear. Remember that story. Goldilocks is going through the woods and comes across the home of the Three Bears. The Three Bears are away and Goldilocks goes in. She is hungry and smells food on the table all ready to be eaten. She tries Papa bear's bowl and it was TOO HOT! She tries Mama Bear's bowl and it was TOO COLD! She then tries Baby Bear's bowl and it was JUST RIGHT! Then, after eating, Goldilocks was ready for a nap. She tried Papa Bear's bad and it was TOO HARD! She then tried Mama Bear's bed and it was TOO SOFT! Then she tried Baby Bear's bed and it was JUST RIGHT!
That's not just a fairy tale. That is the life of a Worship Director. No matter what music the Worship Director plans on any given Sunday, he will find himself in the role of Goldilocks. When the service is done, someone will come up to him and say, the music was TOO HOT! As soon as they walk away, a different person will walk up and say that the music was TOO COLD! And then yet a third person will approach him and say that the music was JUST RIGHT! The same thing happens come Monday when the Director of Worship opens his email. One email will say that the music on Sunday was TOO HARD! Another email will say that the music on Sunday was TOO SOFT! And then a third email will pop into his inbox saying that the music on Sunday was JUST RIGHT!
So what is Goldilocks, the Worship Director, supposed to do? Obviously, he can't please everyone and the bigger the church the more preferences people have when it comes to music and worship. My advice to Goldilocks is simple. Look to God and seek His face daily as to every aspect of the Sunday morning worship service. Because at the end of the day, He is the one you want to hear say, "Well Done!"
By the way, if you attend Gaylord E-Free, isn't it kind of funny to picture in your mind our very own Joshua Rupp looking like Goldilocks?