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I have one job, that’s to seek God, His Kingdom, and His righteousness. Everything else is an assignment.

– Cathy Lentz

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I made a decision today.
I decided to disconnect from all… well, most social media.
I’ll be unplugging from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
I’m not really on YouTube much, though I do have a page with one whole video.
I do have this WordPress site and a Tumblr page (shameless plugs), which I haven’t really kept up with recently, so I hope to get back in the swing of things with those two.
So why the decision? Well, I’m glad you asked.
There are number of factors that have taken part in my decision. But I’ll put it to you this way.

I lead worship at Elevation Church. And instead of using stage wedges to hear the sound, we use in-ear monitors.
The advantage of using in-ear monitors is that you as an individual can set up your own mix. You decide what you want and don’t want to hear in your ears as far as instruments and singers. With wedges you pretty much hear everything, all the instruments, vocalists, and the speaker, and that’s not to mention any instrumental sound that bleeds over like the drums, the congregation singing, shouting, worshipping, etc. Another advantage to in-ears is that a good pair are made with custom ear molds, so they completely seal your ears, again so that you don’t get any external sound bleeding through, and you’re only hearing what you want/need to hear.

When I first started singing at Elevation I was new to in-ears, so I wasn’t familiar with how to set your mix for the best results. I used to get every instrument, every vocalist including myself of course. It was a lot for one pair of ears, and it wasn’t optimal. Really. it was too much. Having all that going in your ears could be a distraction. But then after sitting in a class about getting the best mix, the importance of really only having what you need and protecting your ears, my mix changed. Now I only get what I need, to be able to do what I need to do on weekends. I don’t have the full band in my ears, I don’t have all the vocalists either. The sound is much better, and I learned that less is more.

Do you get where I’m going with this?

I’ve got a lot going on, and a lot that I’d like to do, but there are so many voices and sounds in my mix right now, so much that’s bleeding through, and it’s too much. And it’s nobody’s fault but mine own. I set my own mix, and I just have too much in there.

I need to go back to basics.
I need to remember that less is more
I need to zero in on the what sounds best, what’s most beneficial.
I need to disconnect and reconnect with what’s most important.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with social media per say. There are definite benefits to it, but if you’re not careful, there are definite drawbacks to it as well. Maybe I’m just not as disciplined as others.

And to be truthful, I’ve toyed with the idea of disconnecting for a while, but always thought more of the con’s then the pro’s. I even thought of completely disconnecting my accounts for those social media platforms. But again, there are benefits and for some of the things I want to do it makes sense to keep them. So I’m disconnecting where I connect with them the most. My iPhone. I’m never on the computer at home, and all social media sites are blocked at work, so really my phone is the only point of real contact. So I’ll be deleting the apps, and will keep from re-installing them until I feel I’m good and ready.

I’ll be even more honest.

I need to re-connect with God.
I need to re-connect with my wife.
I need to re-connect with me.

Something Pastor said yesterday is his sermon resonated so much in my heart. We’re going through a sermon series dealing with our fears. He said that we’re so spiritually malnourished that we barely have the strength and faith to break through and overcome our weaknesses and fears. It’s not that we can’t, we’re just running real low if not just on empty (paraphrase). He also mentioned how God spoke to Elijah in a small whisper. With all that we can have going on in our lives, it’s no wonder we can’t hear the Lord.

I know this isn’t something new or revelatory, but really, this is about maintenance. And it’s something we should be doing on a regular basis. We have to be honest with ourselves about how we’re doing, because if we’re not, we’re gonna go deaf from all the crap coming in through our ear gates. We need to reduce what’s coming in, so we can zero in on the one voice that really matters and so we can do what He’s calling us to do.

So there it is, social media, I bid you adieu.
It’s not forever, but it is for now, and I’m not sure how long this will be for.
And it’s ok, you have plenty of others that have you in their mix, and I’m sure you’re sounding great. But for right now, you’re way to loud in my mix, and I’ve decided that instead of lowering your levels, I’m having you taken out altogether.