At one time or another, you have probably compared yourself to someone, or you have compared someone to someone else. Comparison needs to be addressed in our personal lives and also on our worship teams. If we let comparison be apart of our worship team experience, it will create a negative and stressful environment that no one will want to be apart of.
So how can we get rid of comparison? The Apostle Paul gives us the answer.
Galatians 6:4 (NLT) Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
Here are a few practical ways to help you combat comparison on your worship team:
Understand That Everyone Is Unique
Each and every one of us is different from everyone else. We each have unique schedules, responsibilities, giftings, etc. One person may have more time to practice than another, which means they may be at a different ability level. We have to understand that some will be further along in their musicianship, and that is okay! All you can do is make sure you are working as hard as you can to progress and God will honor your efforts.
Have An Open Line Of Communication With Your Teammates
If we can communicate openly with others, our team will flourish in many areas. When we are able to be open and honest with our teammates, we avoid keeping things deep-down inside, which can push us to judge and compare internally. Instead, we will create a welcoming environment for anyone to be able to maximize their potential through healthy communication and accountability.
Compliment Others Often
Let your teammates know when they have done something well. All too often we tend to focus on the negative and forget that there are so many positives. Always look for ways to compliment each other, but try not to bring yourself or others down in doing so. Make it a habit to point out things that are going well before pointing out things that aren’t going so well.
Ultimately, we want everyone who participates on our worship teams to have good relationships through positive interactions and realistic expectations.
- Watch the video or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Recall a time when you compared yourself to someone else. Why were you comparing yourself to this person?
- Are you naturally someone who focuses on the positive side of things or the negative?
- Read Galatians 6:4-5. Why is it so important that we follow what these verses are saying?
- Is there a time when it can be good to compare? Explain.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.