Tuesday, March 20, 2007

No-clap zone

When it comes to worship, I’m one of those people who like to be carried away in the emotion. I like to lift my hands over my head, shout “Amen! Hallelujah!” and maybe even start clapping. You wouldn’t know it from watching me, though, because for the past few years I’ve been with congregations who don’t like that sort of thing.

And here’s the great part. Not being able to do all those things has brought me closer to God. It’s not because there’s anything wrong with getting excited. It’s because not being able to do what I want has forced me to take my focus off Milton and turn it toward God. Worship isn’t about getting what we want. It’s about giving God what he deserves.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

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