It’s been a little bit since I’ve posted a blog on here in a while, and I apologize for my inconsistency. I’m currently sitting in a sweaty smelly venue in Memphis TN for another date on this years Scream The Prayer tour. This tour has been a big blessing to me as its been opening parts of my heart that I dont think get touched on while im at home, and that is mostly what this post is about.
Every day, each one of us guys, and girl (angela), find ourselves in a new city, and with that comes different people, different surroundings, with different vibes all around. With that being said, we are missing one of the key components to living out a true christian walk and thats community. We are incredibly blessed to be able to create community with each other, as much as its possible in this setting, but we really dont get much community with anyone else. Most all of us have people we love back home, whether that be friends, family, or just familiarity. We spend our days loading into venues around noon every day, and hanging out in a loud sweaty venue until the late hours of the night. That gives us about 11 or 12 hours to have an impact on people that we may never see again and thats something thats starting to wear on me, as im sure its wearing on the other gentlemen on this tour. It has me thinking a lot about my home church, which I am very passionately in love with and miss dearly. I’m thinking about the time I have when I am home and if im actually using it the way God really wants me to. This blog isnt about me having any right answers necessarily, but just thoughts that need to be expressed. When comparing my time between Home and Tour I’m starting to see a disconnect in my walk with the Lord, and I’ll try my best to communicate that in the following section haha.
As I mentioned earlier, on tour, we load in, play, hang, load out, leave, repeat. Leaving no real time for community with the people that came to see us. Kids pay $20, take the day off work, come out, and we give them the best show that we possibly can, but it usually ends there. Now, I understand fully that its better to give your all and not be an inch deep and a mile wide with people because they cant take anything away from that, but it’d still be nice to have atleast a 5 minute conversation with a kid that paid to see us, took the day off work, and made the effort to come talk to you. All in all, we just want to give the kids to come what they want/what God calls us to give them.
AT HOME: the situation is completely different. I spend my time around the same people most of the time and rarely am introduced to a new group/unfamiliar situation. I go to an amazing church that preaches Jesus and the bible and I am very blessed for that. The disconnect occurs when I take things at home for granted that I can’t obtain on tour, even if I try. That makes ZERO sense to me and it bugs the Hell out of me that I allow it to happen that way. The Church is where people gather in Jesus name. Our shows are church, if we allow them to be, and focus on God. Work CAN BE CHURCH if we allow it to be. When I am at home, I just go to church, go to my job, and enjoy the freedom from the unknown. I dont dabble in risk taking, or anything uncomfortable for that matter. Are you the same way? I am… Does the number of church activities you attend out number the times you go somewhere that is a secular gathering spot with your christian buddies? Does the number of Church movie nights you go to outnumber the amount of non-christians you invite to come over to watch a movie with your christian buddies? When im home, this is how I am, and I want to change that. I want to be the church. I dont mean standing on corners yelling at people, but doing life with people. This something that has been on my heart lately, and I felt like maybe someone else might be dealing with the same thing. Hopefully this opened some doors for you, or maybe just enjoy reading the rants of struggling dudes haha. Either way, be blessed, enjoy your time. God is good, and He is continuing an amazing work in you right now.