A commitment of time

A commitment to excellence is a commitment of time. This is a big thing for a lot of people. But the reality is that we've all got the same amount of time in a day - 24 hours. What we do with it is up to us. We can spend all our time watching TV, or playing video games, or non-stop working, or a whole bunch of other things.

Not that there's anything wrong with TV (up to a point!), or work, and many other activities. But balance is one of the great keys to life. People complain about not having enough time to do the things they feel they should be doing. But if you don't have enough time to do what God wants you to do, then you're filling up your time with things that He doesn't want you to do. Sort that out and a lot of things will fall into place. Then if it's important, you'll find time for it.

So as a member of a worship team, what are some of the things you'll need to spend time doing? Study, practice, reading, and rehearsals to name a few. If you're a singer, then make every effort to learn the words to the songs you sing. If you're a musician, memorising your songs will go a long way to making you a better muso.

And while we're talking about time, being punctual is a big issue for many people, especially a lot of creative types. Once in a while may be okay, but if you're constantly turning up late for rehearsals and other commitments, then you're not really serious about your ministry.

In one church, one of the musicians was late so regularly they called him The 15-Minutes-Late Man. When someone finally lost patience and said something, he quickly responded with, "But I live a long way out." The other guy had an equally fast retort: "Adjust."

It's so true. If you live a distance from your church premises, don't just plan to be late each time. Leave home earlier. When you arrive late, you're telling the rest of the team that you don't value them or their time.

There's a word for that kind of behaviour: disrespect!

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