17 May “3 Ways You Can Awaken Your Soul” By Eric Heater
One of my favorite opportunities that my job offers me as a worship leader is the ability to be able to go to conferences, and to merely attend. It’s in these moments that I can just take everything in and not be focused on what comes next, who I am supposed to cue, how am I going to transition, et cetera. Instead, I am able to simply observe, and get refreshed.
On top of all of this, I get a chance to see how others do the very thing that I do every Sunday morning, and to critically think about how I can improve and in what ways I need to strive to be better.
This past year, I attended Catalyst in Atlanta with a number of our staff and was really impacted by what Erwin McManus shared. I’ve summarized his thoughts below. His main focus involved how to awaken the wonder surrounding us.
In order to do this, we need to understand what it means to be made in the likeness of God.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” – Hebrews 11:1-3, 6 NIV
1. Realize what makes us uniquely human.
Why is faith so essential to the human race? In Hebrews 11 we see that faith actually restores what it means to be human. Faith is what separates us from the animal kingdom. For without faith, there is no future, there is only the present. Hope only exists in the future.
We are the only species capable of living beneath our intentions!
Animals don’t struggle with this, for they react to situations based upon instincts. Animals simply do. As humans, we are able to are able to process, to think, to plan, to create. Humans create futures.
So why do we have a tendency to hold onto to the past?
This brings us to McManus’ next point.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5 NIV
Each of us has the potential to change the world. We were once a dream in the mind of God which he then made visible. We, being made in His likeness, have the ability to dream and to create in this world only that which was once inside our soul.
Nelson Mandela had a dream. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. We are living out the dream that someone else had—for we are living in the benefits of those who dreamed before us.
So I ask you,
What kind of world will you create?
What are the ideas that keep you up at night? What are the ideas and desires that inspire you? The ones that cause you to lose track of time, and to think beyond the norm?
Lastly, in order to awaken our souls to God’s unique purpose for us, we need to…
3. Gain more confidence in what we can’t see vs. what we can see.
In order to fully reach our potential futures, we need to dream within the realm of God’s vision for each of us. It’s not a question of if we’ll create, but rather what we’ll create.
We are designed to create, to invent, to imagine.
Stop reacting to what’s happening. Let’s create the future!