From pieces to picture: I’m no longer the “new kid”

February 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

To offer some perspective of how we’re getting to 2010, I wanted to take a quick glance back at the 2009 NWLC, when I first joined Worship Leader.

(well okay, not literally, but you get the idea)

You know the pathetic “new kid” that transfers mid-school year, and doesn’t have a clue what’s going on in class with no spot to sit at during lunch? Chances are he will mess-up and fail before he does something right, and will forever be referred to as “ the new kid” until another, newer kid, comes along? Well, that was me last summer when I first joined WL for the NWLC 2009. Lucky for me, the WL staff is way nicer than clicky middle-schoolers. But I still had no idea what I was getting myself into or what to expect from a NWLC.

Attending a NWLC evokes descriptions such as “encouraged,” “totally revitalized and energized,” “challenged,” and “refreshed.” But planning and hosting a conference is a whole other experience.

I was supposed to help plan and promote an event that I had never been to, nor even heard of. The hardest part was convincing the office that I did know what was going on. But I can honestly tell you that no words can fully describe witnessing something you’ve worked so hard on spring from Word docs, Excel sheets, and emails, into life.

It’s something like holding all the tiny pieces to a jigsaw puzzle in your arms, but not having any idea of what picture they are supposed to form. I knew every nook and curve of every piece, but the picture I referenced as the end goal was hazy and blurry. So watching, hour by hour, that picture turn clear and crisp over the course of the conference, was like finally being able to see. The blurs of color finally developed shape and texture, giving meaning and significance to every piece. It was then that I realized that every piece mattered, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. Even the small, tiny piece that I contributed mattered. And so does yours.

The picture may still be a little blurry this year, but with adequate teamwork, a lot of dedication, a touch of grace, and a series of fervor and prayer, it’s guaranteed to come together to create another beautiful picture.


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