I was a kids' worship leader for almost 20 years--long enough that it became incredibly natural and easy for me to do. In the last five years of that ministry, God laid it on my heart to raise up youth to lead the younger kids in the same way. So I began leading from the stage less and directing from the floor more. As a result, I had to learn all the motions backwards. (Yes, I'm in a very contemporary church where we do lots of ACTIVE hand motions and choreography to our songs).
If I hadn't shown the motions backwards, the youth leading on the stage would've been all confused, hands and flip-flops flying every which direction. It took intense concentration and EXtremely intentional thinking for me to be able to do the motions both ways. It may sound easy, but...NOT!
This emulates my 'daily living' worship as well. It is so easy for me to spend time in the Word, soaking it up, applying it, teaching it, writing it. It's quite another to mirror the Word to others. It takes extreme focus on my part, as well as intentional surrender to the Holy Spirit. Sounds so simple when I'm reading it and praying it, but...NOT!
My friends, pause & ponder this: Are you living a life of backward praise?James 1:22-25 (NIV)Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves.Do what is says.Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it saysis like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and,after looking at himself,goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.But the man who looks intently into the perfect Lawthat gives freedom, and continues to do this,not forgetting what he has heard but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.