I traveled to some amazing cities, spent time with dear friends, experienced amazing times of worship, and tried to not eat too many OREOS.
I kid but the struggle is real. There can be no nutritional value in an OREO but man they are tasty and always on the buses! Before I met my wife I honestly had never even heard of the concept of eating healthy. Becky we will actually have a chance of growing old together thanks to you.
Back to the tour.
It was so unique to have so many teams come together each night to make this tour happen. That was by far one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. We've typically all crossed paths at one time or another but to spend several weeks together everyday was special. The Elevation Worship team and Lauren Daigle's team were so kind and so passionate about what they do.
Then there was the crew.
They were the first ones in the building each day and the last ones to leave. They amazingly made hundreds of things go right every single night. This stuff couldn't happen without them. It inspires and humbles me when I think about people giving it everything they've got behind the scenes. We heard story after story of people having life changing encounters with God in these venues. Whether someone was on stage or picking up wet shower towels (that was a thing) we all had the same goal. To see people encounter Jesus.
I think I always feel aware of what can happen at an event like this. It's easy for me to remember having such profound experiences in similar settings. There's no doubt that so much about what we do is fun and exciting but for me I always want to remember the real WHY behind it all. There's lot of work and preparation to pull it off but in the end what people will hopefully remember is their encounter with God. Not songs, or artists, or cool lights. Jesus.
One of my favorite things about being a Dad is explaining things to my daughter. She's extremely bright for her age but there is still a simplicity that you have to find to explain things to children. It's actually refined a lot of things I believe about God and my perspective on things by cutting to the chase. My daughter will ask me why I am leaving on a trip. Her asking me the question made me stop and think. I internally asked myself again why do I go. The most honest answer I could think of was to say I was going to tell people about Jesus. I liked that simple answer.
I don't want ministry to ever feel like a duty or obligation. I've simply tasted something so sweet, so freeing, so full of life that I must share it with people. If I can walk that out and show that to my daughter then success! Wearing the overly serious and burdened hat is honestly more easy in my opinion. I can think that way with no help from anyone. But what if the most significant witness I can have is loving my family well, being happy right where I am, gleaming because I know where I'd be without Jesus. I think about this often but what about my life is different when I'm in the grocery store, out to dinner, talking to my neighbor about yard work? Most of us won't share the gospel from a stage or through a song.
One last thought on this non-tour related section. Back to being a Dad. A while back my wife and I gave our daughter her very own Bible. I love the way they portray Jesus. I LOVE IT. Again it's the simplicity.
Jesus meets a person with a problem usually in the heart of the city and in the chaos of a crowd.
He singles them out. Gives them His attention.
Then they are set free from whatever they were dealing with.
I'm convinced Jesus was modeling life for us in the gospels. Modeling how to interact with people with compassion and caring. Everywhere we go. If my "best" witness is when I'm on a stage or at church then what am I doing the other 5 to 6 days of my week. Plus don't you just want to exude the goodness and breakthrough of God when you're buying avocados? I know I do.
Okay thanks for hanging with me through my rabbit trail. I wanted to end this tour Journal with some of my favorite pictures of us having fun. Cause serving Jesus and changing the world should have some fun mixed in there don't ya think?
Thanks to everyone who came out. There's another OUTCRY happening this summer. A bunch of our team will be there! Come on out!