Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ’em?
Several months ago we learned that the City of Flowood would be hosting a family day in celebration of its sixty-fifth anniversary. In addition to a petting zoo, face painting, balloons, vendors, and food trucks, the main attraction would be a free concert featuring two of today’s leading Christian artists – Zach Williams and For King and County. Being fans of both artists and having previously seen For King and Country in concert, we knew we could not pass up the opportunity to see them together and made plans to attend.
Over the past few years, my family has had the opportunity to work several Christian concerts as part of the merchandise team or with one of the concerts sponsors. We’ve done this multiple times so that the six of us could attend a concert that we may not otherwise be able to afford. My kids have come to love working at these concerts and the opportunity to serve others. So it came as no surprise when my son, Isaac, became excited days before the concert when For King and Country posted a “contest” on their Facebook page looking for people to help work the merchandise booth at the event in Flowood. Isaac asked for permission to enter, and I relunctly agreed. I mean, who actually wins online contests? I never have. But Isaac did, and he’d volunteered the rest of the family to help as well. I was never opposed to the idea of working at the merchandise booth, but because the event was free, I couldn’t figure out what we had “won”.
The day of the concert arrived and the heat index was in the mid-nineties. Heat is my Kryptonite; it weakens my Fibromyalgia ridden body far beyond anything else. We carried folding chairs and plenty of water and trusted God with the rest. The merchandise booth was situated next to the stage but facing the crowd (meaning we would have very limited view of the concert). We were welcomed by the merchandise manager, given our instructions, and began immediately greeting the public.
Adrenaline fueled my fatigue and gave me energy as I watched a crowd of 11,000 people freely worship God together. As I watched the crowd worship, I looked at my family who were all working diligently to keep things moving along. In that moment, I realized that our service was our worship. I thought of Jesus washing the disciples feet. In John 15:13 Jesus told his disciples, “I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” And in Matthew 23:11, he said, “ The greatest among you must be a servant.”
In Isaac stepping up to the call to volunteer, he gave our entire family the opportunity to serve God in a unique aspect, but also provided us with a means to worship in a sincere manner. Worship is not just about singing and raising your hands. It is an attitude. It is a lifestyle. It is service. It’s our hearts bowed down to the One who has given us everything. John 4:24 says, “For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” I left the concert that night with a deepened understanding of what true worship is. I came to feel as though we had “won” something after all.
Have a blessed week, y’all! (Kudos to the City of Flowood, MS for honoring God in its festivities!!)