Sometimes working with teenagers just gets under my skin! I guess it is true working with adults too, but I don’t work with adults much. It is also frustrating trying to get people to understand a vision of something they have never seen. But I am getting ahead of myself, let me start at the beginning.
Our Catalyst Worship Arts Team is getting ready to lead worship on Sunday night. If you have just joined us this worship time is a combination of Art (drawing), Dance, Drama, Videos, Poetry, and Singing to create a night full of art and worship. I have this vision of a fresh look at worship and at God as students lead us in worship through many of the creative arts.
But instead what I have are a bunch of teenagers struggling with steps and lines and missing out on the worship aspect of the whole thing. It is funny I am saying to the drama people, "It doesn’t matter what the lines on the page are, just find a grove and act your way through the script" and I am saying to the dance people, "You have to be on the beat or it just won’t work." But all of the groups have got to find the worship behind the practice, but that is a hard thing to do. It is hard to connect with God when you are trying hard to remember all of your cues. But that is the only way that we can really lead in worship–if we are really worshiping ourselves.
But that really isn’t the frustrating part. The frustrating part is that they still just don’t see that it is important. We almost had everyone tonight, but some of them clearly weren’t focused on what was going on. When I announced our practice time for Saturday there was a litany of excuses including, "I’m going to be in bed," and "That’s when my cartoons are on!" (I know that both of those people will be there though) the list of people who had other things planned even though we have talked about this Saturday practice for 2 weeks is even longer.
I guess that is one of the most frustrating things about teenagers. They have a hard time realizing that anything is important other than what they want at any given moment. Tonight is one of those nights when I don’t even know why I bother.