Posted 1 years 23 days ago ago by Tom Kraeuter 1 Comments
I ran through the check list in mind. I had just left home, headed off to yet another distant city to present a worship seminar. Like always, I wanted to be sure I hadn’t forgotten anything. So as I drove away from my house, I mentally ticked off each item that I needed to have with me. Of course, it would be best if I did this prior to leaving home, but, hey, better late than never, right?
Notes for teaching. Check. Video projection files. Check. Video projection printed script. Check. Teaching props. Computer. Guitar. Cords, tuner, extra strings, and other accessories for the guitar. Music. Microphone. Transmitter, receiver and cords for microphone. All were present and accounted for.
Then on to the personal items. Cell phone. PDA. Clothes for Saturday: pants, shirt, shoes, socks, underwear (note to self: be sure to see if it’s okay to use the word underwear in one of these Thursday Morning Email articles). Clothes for Sunday: shirt, tie, same pants and shoes as Saturday, but different socks and underwear. Pajamas. Toiletry items: tooth brush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, razor, shaving gel, hair gel, other miscellaneous items. And last but not least, chocolate for after the seminar.
Wow! I thought. That’s a lot of stuff to keep track of. But I think that’s all of it. I’ve got everything I need.
Then it dawned on me. I hadn’t even thought about the most important thing, the One I can’t do without. I can live without all those things on my mental check list. They’re all peripheral issues. I can even teach a worship seminar without those things. Believe, me, I know. Once, both my suitcase with my clothes as well as my guitar didn’t show up until an hour after the seminar was over. It wasn’t easy, but it went okay. (Ask me about the story some time. It’s hilarious… now!)
What I can’t do, however, is anything of any lasting value without the Lord Himself empowering me. Jesus said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Without Him, I’ve got nothing to offer. Apart from Him, I really can’t do anything.
When it comes to the topic of worship,Tom Kraeuter is one of the leading voices in the Church today. For more information on Tom, his books, his teaching, or his Worship Seminars, contact Training Resources, 65 Shepherd’s Way, Hillsboro, MO 63050, 636-789-4522, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.WorshipSeminar.com
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