I've known some really creative people in my time. I'm talking about people who make stuff that leaves me speechless - people who are operate on an artistic level far above everyone else. Geniuses. I've know some creative geniuses. And you know what?
Maybe you've found this to be true in your life. If you've known true, creative, virtuosos, then you know they operate on a different wavelength than the rest of us wannabes. It makes sense - a person doesn't create that way unless they exist on a much different plane. We need artists to live in that rarified air.
We don't expect artists to be like the rest of us. We know the deal - they don't live like we do. They face challenges and opportunities most of us couldn't dream up. And we wouldn't for a second wish that all those weird, brilliant, artistic rock star creatives give up their weirdness. We need rock stars.
But, if you're a worship leader, I need to tell you something. It might sting a little. It might be something you've never heard before. Or better yet, it may sound like the exact opposite of everything you've been led to believe about being a worship leader.
YOU WEREN'T HIRED TO BE A ROCK STAR.
If you know a lot of hyper-creative people in your life, you know that many of them struggle in their relationships. I don't know why, but it seems that geniuses historically have had trouble maintaining diverse friendships with other, more "normal" people. This doesn't mean artists are evil or even unfriendly. But it does seem to be true that rock stars make terrible friends.
Maybe you've believed the lie that your job as a worship leader is to be the genius-on-stage. (The artist-in-residence, as it were.) But that's not what you're called to do. You're called to be a pastor. You're called to love and lead people. Maybe even more than you love your art.
It's a struggle for us. We want to create - need to create, even. But we also have to take very seriously the call God has placed on our lives. God didn't put you in a local church with a few hundred people so you can put on concerts every Sunday. He put you there to love people the way God loves them. How does God love people? In relationship. Show me a worship leader without any relationships and I'll show you a rock-star posing as a minister.
Be creative. Chase those ideas. Take artistic risks. But make sure all of those genius moves are balanced with how your life impacts others - off stage. And if means you have to sacrifice a little of your brilliance or notoriety so that you can have friends, do it. You'll be better for it.