A few weeks ago while rehearsing as part of the praise team at my church, I surveyed the other members and realized I could be the mother of EVERY person on stage. We were singing “young” music and to say that I felt really old and out of place in that moment is an understatement. No one made me feel that way. This was just me. As much as I love music and I love singing, I’m beginning to question my proper place in the music of my church. Actually, I’m questioning my place in a lot of areas.
When I was younger, the fall signaled a fresh and exciting new start. I looked forward to the first day of school with new experiences and new things to learn. As long as my kids were in school, I had the same excitement. I miss that excitement. I miss being excited. About anything.
I’ve had the chance to listen and read about opportunities that friends have and will undertake. Honestly, I envy the direction they have right now. I envy the excitement they feel. I long to be excited about what I’m doing at church or at work or anywhere. I guess I’m having a mid-life crisis of sorts.
I realize that not everything that is important is exciting. And, I can’t base my life on the excitement level. A lot of what is necessary can be humdrum and monotonous and still fulfilling. But, I don’t want to get stuck in the “I’ve always done it” loop either. So, the new school year is my signal to take a step back and review my commitments. This is the time I need to question where my time and efforts should be directed.
What needs to change?
Where does God want me serve?
Do I need to step back from some areas?
I’m waiting for even the tiniest bit of anticipation or excitement about serving to return.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. (Psalms 51:12 NLT)