You Shouldn't Be the Best Musician

If you are the leader of your band at your local church, I have a suggestion for you. 
One that may rock your world.
One that may sound unpleasant.
One that may seem contradictory.
Are you ready for it?
Find musicians who are better than you.

Crazy thought huh? 
I mean, after all, you’re the band leader. 
You should be the best musician in the room right? 
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being the “band leader” and being the second, third, or fourth best musician in the band.

Now, some of you may be thinking, “well, duh. of course I’m not the best musician in the band. I don’t even play an instrument. I’m just in the band because I was the only person willing to sing in front of people. If there weren’t people better than me, we wouldn’t even have a band.” If that’s you, then you can rest easy knowing that this post isn’t necessarily targeted at you :) (however, I would recommend gaining at least enough musical knowledge to communicate with your fellow band members. Few things will frustrate them more than a vocalist saying, “Can you just play a little ‘dah do do dah dah dah’ there?” But that’s another post for another time.)

Ever thought you need to be the best musician simply because of the title you carry?
Think again! 
A title is just that. A title. 
Don’t let it go to your head. 
“Worship Leader” doesn’t make you any better of a musician than wearing a Michael Jordan jersey makes you a better basketball player. 
Besides, I’ll let you in on another secret. 
Everyone in the band knows who the best musician is, whether they have a title or not (*gasp).
So do yourself a favor. 
Take the pressure off. 
Swallow your pride. 
And find people to play with who are better than you.

1.) You’ll grow as a musician. When you play with people better than you, you learn. New ideas are birthed. You are stretched. You are inspired to get better.
2.) Your band will be better. Obvious. Good musicians = Good band.
3.) You’ll become a better worship/praise leader. I can only speak for myself on this one, but I know that the more musical responsibilities I carry, the less I feel free to truly engage and connect with the Lord and to lead His people to Him. Playing with people better than myself frees me up from having to carry too much musical weight, and allows me to be free to focus on 1 or 2 things…one of which is leading the people.

So, don’t carry all the musical weight yourself, even if you are gifted enough to do so.
Find at least one person better than you to play/lead with. 
Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

- What are other positives to playing with people better than you?- 


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