I’m currently in Atlanta, GA live blogging the Catalyst Conference. During this time, I’ll be dropping the leadership wisdom shared by the amazing speaker lineup.
Trip Lee has now taken the stage. Trip’s real name is Wiliam Lee Barefield III. He was born and raised in Dallas, TX. As a child, he had dreams of being a professional athlete or famous rapper. Through this dream, he began honing his lyrical skills at the age of 12. Since giving his life to Christ at the age of 14, he’s changed his focus to serving and ministering the Gospel.
How Music Is A Part Of Your Strategy
The interesting part about movies is that the story is there, but there’s something special about the music contained within the movie.
Trip recalls a moment with his son. They were watching The Lion King.
His son watched the story and was engaged. However, he quickly forget the story.
Then, Trip would toss in the soundtrack for The Lion King. His son lit up and began singing the tunes, word for word.
Music captures us. Music connects with us. Music invades us.
Our culture is obsessed with music. And it’s not a bad thing.
Music even is a part of the Bible. We forget this but it’s there.
We are commanded to make music and joyful noises. We cannot ignore music as it’s a part of the strategy God has given us.
How Should We Use Music?
We should use music to celebrate God: God has wired us to praise what we love. What better way is there to praise than through beautiful music?
Has God not done anything miraculous on our behalf?
There’s so many things are being sung about that aren’t good things. We should be out there singing and celebrating our good God.
We should use music to express pain and frustrations: Movies transition to the sad violin music when a tragic scene occurs. It’s using music to express pain or frustration or trials.
Music is an avenue to let others know what’s truly happening. People also connect with these types of songs.
Why? Because we’re all going through something that’s hurting us. And sad music lets us realize we’re not alone in our pain.
We should use music to teach and to encourage: There’s many songs that I’ve listened to that has encouraged me throughout my life. Trip touches on this issue by telling us that we can use songs to lead well by using them to teach and encourage one another.
That reminds me of the days of children’s church. Do you remember those days?
You’d gather around and sing songs that taught us scripture verses. They also encouraged us that while our current situation may be depressing, there is hope and wonder ahead.
Music can sometimes go places that preaching can’t go
We should use music to give people a different view of Christians: The world gives a twisted version of Christians. They put the worst of the worst on the screen.
Not all Christians are like that. There’s a wide ranging spectrum. Use music to show this.