Did you realize that what your equipment can do is limitless, no matter how old, or low-quality it is. God is limitless, and he always provides what he needs. It is important not just that we understand that, but our attitudes must also reflect that. If we get distracted we can be the limit. Don’t be the limit…
Last Saturday I was “tasked” with mixing a very small band and a few vocals at a winter camp. I had to drive an hour and a half to get there by 8:30 in the morning. I mixed three times throughout the day with very long breaks in between (without Wi-Fi or cell service). This winter camp had an average band and a very old, very cheap PA. So as you can tell it was nothing to look forward to. The whole process felt like a chore to me, I felt obligated to help out, and I didn’t want to. However, I did my job, got paid, spent half of it on gas, and then struggled to stay awake on the drive home.
The next day was Sunday so I had to be at church at 7am. Needless to say I was pretty tired. However, the whole day I was able to look forward to running sound for a prayer event that evening. It was going to be an awesome band with awesome vocalists and I would be using a half-million dollar PA. I was excited; I would have paid to work this event. I came back to church, enjoyed it the whole time, then left. I made more per hour than the day prior and the work was far more enjoyable.
But what’s the point- that nice equipment is better, cooler, more fun to use…? No. The point is the equipment doesn’t matter.
The thing I didn’t mention is that more than 50 high school students dedicated their lives to Christ on Saturday at the winter camp. Talk about exciting! I’d take that over using any PA in the world. Today it doesn’t matter how much any piece of equipment I used cost. Mixing on Sunday was certainly more fun, but mixing on Saturday was more rewarding. For me it was a bit of a reality check.
There is certainly something to be said about quality and functionality of equipment (that’s another topic), but God does not need a $500,000 PA to work. He doesn’t need one at all. He doesn’t need to be running the newest software, and he doesn’t NEED me. It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of the winter camp, even though it didn’t seem like it at the time. God doesn’t need us. He chooses to use us. We better not give him a reason to change that. Not only do we need to serve, we need to have the attitude of a servant. It is important to keep that in mind, and make sure our attitudes reflect that. If God calls you to serve somewhere, don’t dread it like I did, but look forward to what He will do. God is not going to waste your time, but a poor attitude will.