WorshipU Reflections, Part 1
AAW: How have you found the structure of the course? Is the content manageable?
ER: On the whole it has been very good - the content is very manageable and the main user interface is really simple and easy to use. I think you have to be disciplined (I confess I haven’t been fully up-to-date with my watching all the way through the course), but if you manage your time well, and set aside space for it, then it’s really helpful.
If anything, the only downside to it is really that the content is too good in many cases! There have been some talks, specifically one by Kathy Vallotton on identity, and one that Sean Feucht did on the Psalmist Anointing, that have left me blown away for a couple of days. Considering you have 3 of these at least, per week, in addition to all the “elective” videos, it’s quite intense! Good, but intense.
AAW: Can you describe one way your thoughts or actions have been changed by the course so far?
ER: I think, if anything, the course as a whole has been a catalyst for sparking me into my next season with the Lord. He’s shown me quite a lot of truths in the past couple of months, I’ve found my eyes being opened to various areas of my life - community, relationships, identity, comfort zones and the like. I’ve found that, though the talks are, for the most part, pre-recorded, the timing of me watching them has seemed “live” - we worship a living, breathing God - if He can show us “new” pieces of scripture, then He can certainly speak to us “live” using a pre-recorded talks. He’s shown me I’m not the only one going through stuff, that there are people further down the line than I am who’ve come through the other side, and that He is, truly, my strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.
AAW: Is there one particular talk or tutorial from the electives that has stood out to you?
ER: There was a talk early on in the program that Kathy Vallotton gave on “Power in the Process”. She talked about everything happening as part of the Lord’s plan for us - we may not see it, but He’s always working. She used The Message version of James 1:2-4 to illustrate this:
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
If we are in a process and we try to get out of it before we’re ready, we won’t have had time to mature into it. Kathy used the example of bread - it takes many stages to bake bread - including quite a lot of waiting as the bread proves and rises. If we pull it out of this process early, it will never rise, and only fall flat every time. Around the time I saw this talk, I saw this tweet come from Jon Acuff:
“Don’t compare your beginnings to someone else’s middle...”
How often do we do that?? It’s so easy, especially in churches, to look around and want what someone else has. Kathy closed this talk by saying we shouldn’t wish we were someone else - be happy with who God has created YOU to be.
This talk stood out for me because, in a season of change (as I am currently going through), it is so important to know where your anchors are. It’s important to know who you are in Him, and who He is. If you are looking for encouragement on this, take this as you go:
"Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you." (Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT)
AAW: Thanks for sharing with us, Ed! To find out more about WorshipU or to enroll, visit worshipu.com
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