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Psalm 33:3 says, “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully and shout for joy.”
This Bible verse if often quoted by those of us who lead worship and worship teams because it both talks about the fact of being creative (new song) and of excellence (play skillfully). When someone says you are “too good” might they be saying that you should not change how things are done? Or, could the message be that skill does not matter enough to have the best possible talent play in your worship team?
I believe that “joy” is one of the most envied of all fruits when it comes to creating something as an artist. Joy does not exclude pain, suffering, and hard work. It does not mean anything will come easy. And when creating something new or different it means you are subject to critique far harsher than if you simply lay low and keep the status quo. On top of that, using your God-given skill in a way that shows not just the passion but effective results will not always win you fans.
The “too good” is a fight artists and creatives fight because the other option is to have all the suffering, pain and hard work but none of the joy of it. My prayer is that we learn as leaders, especially in the local church setting to look for the fruit of joy that comes when creatives create–even if it is something some people label as “too good”.
Here are some thoughts to summarize “too good”:
- We are afraid to be “too good” because it might feel too good.
- Just because the work’s creation process is not visible, does not mean it is non-existent.
- Using the best people you can is a great idea. It’s called putting people where they are meant to be and it works.
- We homogenize rather than synergize.
- Too good means fighting for authentic expression rather than boilerplate.
- We must be careful to not “win” at the expense of someone else.
I would love to converse with you about this! What say you about “too good”?