You’ve devoted your time and energy to leading people in the worship of God, so shouldn’t He be making your paths smooth and your burdens light?

I have a secret to tell you:

The stage is meant to break you.

God will give you leadership positions to cause you to crumble so that you find Him to be your only source of strength and confidence. Click To Tweet

Any kind of leadership position, whether inside or outside the four walls of a church, will have a way of bringing you to your knees. The important thing is what you do when you find yourself there. You can either give up or you can look up.

Experiencing difficulties as a worship leader doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. It actually means that you’re normal and that God’s plan is working. He designed it this way. He designed leadership to cause YOU to crumble so that you find HIM to be your only source of strength and confidence.

Any kind of leadership position will have a way of bringing you to your knees. The important thing is what you do when you find yourself there. You can either give up or you can look up. Click To Tweet

No one is to be worshiped but God alone.

In love, God is showing you through your experiences as a leader that your need for Him is great and that all glory, honor, and worship belongs not to you, but to Him.

Perhaps you’ve experienced some of the pressure, perplexity, and pain that leadership causes but weren’t fully aware of the glorious reality that this is God’s design. We need a Kingdom perspective in order to see it as such and to understand truths such as this:

God protects His power with problems.

Do you believe this?

Have you experienced it?

That God uses the difficulties of leadership to magnify Himself is the great paradox of experiencing His glory in our lives. Though you may not see this as good news yet, I believe that you will when you come to see it as the beautiful reality that it is.

God didn't put us on this earth to wander aimlessly or to live in fear of bad things happening to us. He's shown us the clear pathway we're to follow: the life of a Jewish man who grew up in the village of Nazareth. Click To Tweet

You have treasure inside of you.

In II Corinthians 4:7, Paul says that you have treasure in your earthen vessel. This treasure is the Holy Spirit.

But Paul also shares from his own personal experience that God will orchestrate your life in such a way that at the end of the day, your testimony will be that the power (treasure) that is manifested in your life is of God and not of yourself.

This means that He will use the difficulties in your life to keep you depending on and pursuing Him.

Here’s more good news: God didn’t put you on this earth to wander aimlessly or to live in fear of bad things happening to you. He’s shown you the clear pathway you’re to follow: the life of a Jewish man who grew up in the small town of Nazareth.

Jesus' life, ways, and habits should be the source of your greatest study and fascination. It's only by understanding His life that you can truly begin to understand your own. Click To Tweet

How did Jesus live?
What sustained Him?
What made Him successful?

Jesus’ life, ways, and habits should be the source of your greatest study and fascination. It’s only by understanding His life that you can truly begin to understand your own.

As you go on this journey of discovery, you will begin to gain the perspective and understanding needed to thrive as a leader and live your life to the fullest.

The stage is meant to break you because no one is to be worshipped except God alone - Laura Hackett Park. Click To Tweet

Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo of Beaver Springs, PA. Check out more of his work here.


I’m Justin Rizzo. I enable worship leaders who feel isolated, overworked, and unfocused to experience peace, confidence and create thriving worship communities.







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4 comments

  1. Norman Peterson

    Totally agree with the breaking to humility. Our team, Talsma team played at Wellspring House of Prayer in NW Wisconsin for four years. This little house of prayer was downtown in a typical diagonal parking village. Our friends never came in to help or worship with us. They left us alone for those years to allow us to finally realize what we were doing. Not looking for praise and admiration, but experiencing the stunning presence of Jesus dancing among us as we offered what we had in song. We started to learn what worship could mean and there was no turning back to performance. Even “rehearsals” turned into a suddenly when He would show up. Love it. Thank you Lord for all of the sackcloth and ashes.

  2. Thanks for that word Justin. So blessed to follow your life and see what the Lord has done and is doing. God bless you and Naomi and your family. You are loved and in my prayers often. Wayne Dent

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