Look Before You Leap
As people go, we worship artists are an emotional bunch.
We love to create music for worship that expresses the full range of human emotion-from the mystery of the incarnation to the agony of the cross, from the deepest lament to the joy of resurrection.
We want our scripture readers to speak in a way that breathes life into the text to truly honor the living word of God.
We want our dancers to embody in the movement of their bodies, the expressions on their faces, and even the style and color of their clothing, the “feeling” of our music in worship.
We want our visual art to set a “mood” that speaks in a language that is deeper than words, that touches us on both a symbolic and emotional level.
This is all very good.
Our churches thank us for it.
And they should.
Maybe I’m not the only one that has noticed that we sure can get carried away with ourselves at times! We can get so caught up in our emotions that we can forget to use our heads.
Maybe I’m not the only one who has walked away from conversations at church wishing that I had taken a moment for reflection instead of blurting out an emotional response.
Maybe I’m not the only one whose automatic emotional response to situations at church has clouded my ability to think through the facts.
Yes, we worship artists have a gift.
If we want to be high functioning leaders, we also have a responsibility.
Dr. Roberta Gilbert, M.D., expert on Bowen Family Systems Theory, teaches in her Extraordinary Leadership Seminar, that in higher functioning people, feeling is at the service of thinking.
When I balance the automatic emotional part of my brain with deliberate thoughtfulness, I am a far better leader.
For me, it starts with a conscious decision, when emotions cloud my thinking to
- count to 10 before speaking
- take a time out, if necessary and
- focus on facts, not feelings
Dear colleagues, what’s helping you balance heart and head?
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