I don't worship because I have to.
I worship because I have to.
My life has been liberated and redirected, refined and redeemed, on so many levels by something outside of myself and my own choices and decisions. Sometimes people ask how I got to where I am in life, with my marriage or as a worship leader, and my only response will ever be this:
It's Jesus. It's always been Jesus.
Sure I've read books and studied for nearly a decade on some of these things. I've done counseling and training and sought advice and perspective from both professionals and people I trust.
But at the end of the day, it's Jesus' life, His word, His example, His intimate relationship with me, that pushes me on day after day.
Some people say they don't know where they'd be without Him, well I do. And it makes me shudder at the thought.
That's why I worship.
It's Jesus. For me, it'll always be Jesus.