NEW LEVEL (PT. 1)
When arriving at 402 Arts Collective in Benson for Creative Night, the atmosphere is very relaxed. There is a buzz in the room as people are standing around in their t-shirts and baseball caps sipping on a coffee from Hardy Coffee. Some people have done this before, others searching the room for an empty seat or a familiar face.
The night starts like all My City events do – with worship. The clapping begins, and the singing follows. On stage was the My City Worship Team, but some of them even faces you don’t regularly see on stage on Sunday, but all of them equally as talented as the rest.
After worship, Adam Deidel, Creative Director at My City took the stage to announce the theme of the next upcoming months – New Level.
“I’m on a new level!” Adam shouted, and the crowd repeated with enthusiasm. And next to the stage, was Adam’s fellow Creative Director, Megan Swanson.
You can typically find Megan up on stage during service, sharing her calling with all of us – her beautiful singing voice. Singing is her thing, and it’s where she feels most comfortable. But here she is, on stage in front of about 100 people, not singing a single note. She insists that telling a singer to get on stage and speak is like telling a guitar player to build a house.
And as she sat waiting for her introduction, she was nervous. Haven’t we all been there? It’s easy to sit in the crowd and think I could never speak in public. I’ll never sing like that. I can’t run that console, there’s too many buttons. But God has big plans for you, and there is something within you that He wants you to develop. Say it’s not your calling, but you still enjoy it. Develop that too!
Sometimes, all you need is some guidance and the tools to get you to that next level, and that’s what we want to do. With God behind us and a team rallied around us, we can all do this. We want to take the lid off of our capacity and our calling so we can live to a new level.
The truth is that nothing can be done with one person. In Isaiah Chapter 45, God tells us,
Enlarge your house; build an addition.
Spread out your home and spare no expense!
For you will soon be bursting at the seams.
Your descendants will occupy other nations
and resettle the ruined cities.
What is He saying here? We believe it’s all about foundation, and if you’ve been to service, you’ve heard Pastor Jesse talk about it before. How big are your roots? Some trees’ roots grow deeper than 20 feet in the ground. The deeper your roots, the stronger you stand.
You might be thinking, I don’t have any money! I’m too busy! But time and money are not an excuse. If it feels impossible, look at your foundation. Are you following God the way you should be? Take a look at those around you. Are they building you up or breaking you down?
God can put the super in your natural. Faith, with corresponding action, can create unimaginable outcomes. Put your home in God, surround yourself with good people that lift you up, get ready to work, and watch yourself grow.
Although Megan may not consider herself a public speaker, there she stood for a solid 20 minutes telling the room all these things. And as she spoke, you could feel the energy in the room increase. “Yes! So good!” people were shouting.
Think what would’ve happened if she wouldn’t have agreed to speak to us. If she wouldn’t have taken the time to put energy into something she may not consider her calling. Remember this the next time you’re unsure. With the right people around you and deep faith in God, you are capable of much more than you know.
But you must remember, doing all of those, does not leave out failure. You’ll often find that people who lead the best have failed the most. And that’s another reason to deepen your faith and your roots because sometimes you will need help standing up, and that’s okay.
Distractions are real too. The devil will do anything to make you feel like you can’t do this. Even during all of those thoughts he brings to you, you have to remember to stay focused on your level. Your next level. Does an airplane worry about an ant on the ground? When you’re at this perspective, you can’t see what’s down there. When the devil tries to bring you down, think to yourself, What level am I thinking right now?
It’s easy to look at others succeeding and think they have it covered. But here at My City, there is a seat for everyone. Every person brings a new perspective. There is room at the top for all of us.
So much goes into the My City experience and in order to take to our city to the next level, we need all of you. God needs all of you. If you’re interested in learning more about the creative opportunities at My City, please contact Darren Clausen, Digital Content Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.