A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to serve alongside several of my Mount Calvary Holy Church of America comrades in music ministry during our organization’s “Outcry” youth and young adult conference. During the week I served on the praise team and as a choir director for the conference choir. The whole experience is a blog all in itself. However, I want to talk about our last choir rehearsal of the week.
On Friday afternoon, we were preparing for the evening service. We were rehearsing “We Win” by Vincent Bohanan and Sound of Victory. Just before we were about to take the song from the beginning again, Zion, the son of our organization’s Bishop of Administration, stopped me and asked “Hey, how do you do the moves?” So I showed him how to stand and then how to do the choreography. He watched me and then began doing it on his own. Later that night during service, we were singing the song, and I saw Zion, doing the choreography just like I had shown him earlier, and doing it well! This got me to thinking: I wish all choir members were like Zion! Let me tell you why….
He Realized His Limitations
Zion recognized that he didn’t quite have the choreography perfected. Truth is, I noticed it too, but because he was a kid I was more than satisified with him doing the best he could. However, Zion saw his lack as an opportunity to learn and improve. He didn’t see it as an excuse (even when it wasn’t perfect, he was doing his very best), and he didn’t see it as a “good enough”. He saw it as a chance to challenge himself. He recognized where he needed help and sought that help.
He Spoke Up
How many choir members realize that they don’t quite have all of the information, answers, or natural ability that they need to complete something and, instead of asking for help, settle for good enough? Zion saw that he needed a little help and made it his business to get my attention and get the help that he needed, even if it meant pointing out his own imperfection.
He Asked The Right Person
Zion could have asked his neighbor for help. However, in my recollection of the rehearsal, Zion’s neighbors needed the same help that he needed. In his speaking up, he was able to get help for himself and for them. But if he had just asked them, they all would have remained at a disadvantage.
He Asked The Right Questions
Often I find it funny when choir members are quiet when the problem is them, but loud when the problem is someone else. We all know that choir member who will ask a question, not because they need help, but to point out the help that someone else needs, effectively putting someone else on the spot, especially with the tone in which they ask the question. Zion could have spoken up about the little girl next to him who was not singing, or he could have even said something about the people who, like him, could not quite pick up the choreography at first. Instead, Zion asked the question for himself that would allow him to succeed and in turn helped the success of others.
He Put In The Work
From the moment I started giving Zion specific instructions, he immediately began implementation. He didn’t say “I can’t do that,” or use any other excuse that we often hear in rehearsals. He picked up his feet, and followed my instructions to a tee! This caused him to be successful. He wasn’t afraid to put his best foot forward (literally). Because of this, he was successful in getting the practice in that he needed to improve his performance.
He Followed Through
I can’t explain the joy that I felt when I looked in the middle of the song and saw Zion on stage doing the choreography correctly, working at it, and enjoying himself. His hard work, his questions, and his heart for excellence had paid off. I sincerely pray that he’ll always keep that same ambition and drive.
Choir members, praise team members, musicians, music ministry members, follow Zion’s plan (sounds like a sermon, doesn’t it? lol), and I can guarantee you improvement and success in the personal role you play in your music department which will ultimately increase the level of excellence of your ministry as a whole. Excellence is attained one person at a time.
Except you become like this little child….