A few years ago, my friends Tripp & Tyler made a video called “Things you can’t do when you’re not in a pool.”
It was a hilarious look at all the silly things you can do in a pool that would look bizarre if you did them downtown on the sidewalk. (Like spitting water at your friends.)
That concept got me thinking and I realized that there are a lot of things worship leaders can do that no one else can do. In fact, I think there are 5 things you can’t do when you’re not leading worship.
1. Tell people to scoot in.
Worship leaders are constantly telling people to scoot to the middle to make room for other people. Try that one next time you go to the movies.
2. Ask people to start clapping.
That’d be a fun one. Next time you’re mowing your lawn, ask your neighbors to clap along.
3. Start singing in the middle of a normal sentence.
Worship leaders love “talk singing.” That’s when they’ll say, “This weekend, me and my wife were having coffee. I just realized everyone needs compassion, love that’s never failing.” In the audience you think, “Wait, we were just having a coffee and now we’re in a magical song. So tricky!” Try that at work today in a meeting. “I think the fourth quarter numbers will be great and we are the champions my friend.”
4. Ask people to stand up.
Do that at the bank, see how long it takes until they think they’re getting robbed. Let me know how that one works out.
5. Close your eyes while talking.
Often, worship leaders will close their eyes during a particularly moving part of a song. Try that in the middle of a normal conversation today. And not for just a few seconds. Hold it. Really hold it.
Those are my five, but I know you’ve got some of your own.
What is something you can’t do if you’re not leading worship?