“What’s the greatest challenge you face as a worship leader?” Asking myself this question stretched me a bit because I truly did have to stop and evaluate myself and my motives. Most of the challenges I face stem from the exterior and are superficial but I think at the root of it, the challenge lies within my heart. I can confess to this because so many times when I lead worship, my heart is not right with the Lord and I’m on stage trying to get others to worship when I myself am not worshipping. I think that truly is the core of it. Even worship leaders can create idols in their heart when they elevate things higher than worshipping Jesus. Although the idols we create in our heart such as power, reputation and control can seem very subtle, they can be just as destructive and severe and drive us away from the Lord. I also confess that on so many levels I’ve taken the glory of man and craved the applauds and adoration of men when it was not mine to receive but the Lords. I’ve created out of this an idol of myself in my heart. Jesus is not pleased with this. He desires that our gifts may be utilized to further his kingdom and radiate the glory back to him. Worship is not the songs we sing on Sunday mornings, it’s about our hearts and what we love more than anything. Worship is a lifestyle being offered up to God daily. What we love more than anything will determine what we worship and how we worship. Our hearts need to constantly be checked because we cannot worship God or love anything right if our love for God is not elevated higher than all those things. Lord, help me to be used as a conduit to further your kingdom. It’s not about me, it’s about you. Lord you’re not looking for someone brilliant to complete the task; you’re looking for something broken. Please take these hands, I know they’re empty but with you they can be used for beauty in your perfect plan. All I am is yours.