It’s so funny when God fits things together like pieces of a puzzle. This week I’ve been reading a leadership book for seminary called “The Starfish and the Spider”, where in the fifth chapter begins the discussion and definitions of a catalyst; here are a few of their characteristic: Catalysts are all about letting go and trusting the community, they have a genuine interest in others they have a desire to help people, they depend on emotional intelligence, they meet people where they are, they inspire others to work toward a goal that doesn’t involve personal gain, they make things work when they empower people then get out of the way, they have loose connections that allow them to thrive on meeting new people, then mapping those people together who can then help each other or link together to meet a greater need, and they have a great tolerance and preference for ambiguity, knowing that if they are too much in the center or at the top of what is going on they will just end up getting in the way. To me when I look at these characteristics, I can’t help but see Jesus. I think it describes him very well. And I find it interesting how it ties in so much to the roles of good leaders, which got me thinking of how God is teaching me this same principle when it comes to worship. Some, who know me, know that I had struggled for a long time to express myself through worship. It’s not that I couldn’t, it’s just that I always felt that I was under a certain protocol, if you will. Now as I journey on, and as I sat in Mid-week service last night at my new church, I was given my worship rights back. Pastor shared how as true worshippers we are to set the temperature for the house of God. Anyone can stand there all day with hands raised, but if it isn’t done with the right heart, then you are just going through the motions. Even more important, is that we can’t wait for our feelings to engage in worship; we must come and give all for the one who gave all for us. What’s more, is that there are people walking in the doors who are broken, looking for hope, longing to worship in spirit and in truth but may feel unsure if they have that right. As true worshippers, like catalysts, we must have a genuine interest in others and lead by example, setting the temperature, giving them the green light to meet with God however they need to. We must empower them to meet with Jesus and find healing and wholeness. What’s most important I think is the piece on ambiguity. We must not only lead and empower by example, setting the thermostat of worship for others, but we must always remain humble and worship alone to God. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in wondering how many people around me have raised hands, as well as wondering if in tune with what is happening around me, but I am learning to constantly strip that off of me, and focus on him alone. I find it no small coincidence then this morning, that God would have me read John 4: 21-24 “21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” So today my prayer is one of Thanks to God for tying all these truths together for me, and teaching me to keep my focus on him; reminding me too, that worship is not just about our songs of praise, but it is a way of life, a way of sacrificial living toward others, and as we come to worship in the house of God, we give such thanks and adoration for all that He allows us to do and be a part of for his kingdom. May we all be catalysts of worship in every area of our lives. In Jesus’ Holy Name, I Pray, Amen.