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A Renewed Perspective As We Start A New Year. Thanks tobyMac!

Just downloaded the new tobyMac album, Eye On It, from iTunes today.  As I was sitting, plugging away at the Task List for the day, a song near the end of the album caught my attention.  The song is “Steal My Show.” If you haven’t gotten the album yet, here is the song and the lyrics.

Another cold night
Another late flight
It’s almost show time, and diverse city is waitin’ on me
We got a packed house, the crowd is callin’ out
They want the beat to drop, but what we really need is You

(Chorus)
If You wanna steal my show, i’ll sit back and watch You go
If You got somethin’ to say, go on and take it away
Need You to steal my show, can’t wait to watch You go-o-o-o
So take it away

So now the crowd is hype, that You showed up tonight
Anticipatin’, cravin’, somethin’ more than smoke and lights
So i’ll step out the way, I’ll give You center stage
Alright, Spotlight give ’em what they came for

(Chorus)

When You arrive, we come to life
Our hearts collide, they’re beating in the same time
You’re comin’ through, all eyes on You
Our hearts collide they’re beating in the same time,
Beating in the same time

No matter who we are, no matter what we do
Every day we can chose to say

(Chorus)

My Life, my friends, my heart, It’s all yours, God, take it away, my dreams
my fears, my family, my career, take it away, It’s all yours, God
Take it away, take it away, It’s You I wanna live for

I got thinking about how much time we as youth leaders pour into planning meetings, planning events, trying to make sure that everything and every part of “the show” is just right.  And I don’t think the motives are usually wrong.  We want to see students coming.  We want to see students being introduced to the Lord.  We want to see students growing closer to the Lord.  After all, this is why we all do what we do – whether vocationally or voluntarily.  But I know, at least for me, I often get so caught up in “the show” and pulling it off that I forget to invite God (maybe its really that I don’t want to let Him) steal the show.  Pray for His blessing? Yup.  Work hard preparing? Yup. Invite Him to steal the show and throw it all out the window to do what He wants? Haven’t prayed that one in a long time.

Praying that God will help me learn this as I am preparing for a new year.

If You wanna steal my show, i’ll sit back and watch You go
If You got somethin’ to say, go on and take it away
Need You to steal my show, can’t wait to watch You go-o-o-o
So take it away

My Life, my friends, my heart, It’s all yours, God, take it away, my dreams
my fears, my family, my career, take it away, It’s all yours, God
Take it away, take it away, It’s You I wanna live for

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About Rich Landosky

I'm married and my wife and I have two incredible children. I am the Associate Pastor of Ministry Development @ New Life Church of Toms River, NJ. Prior to taking this position in November 2016, I spent the last 32 years in local church student ministry. Big NY Yankees and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Besides my family and spending time with them, I love music, riding my '92 Harley-Davidson Sportster, cycling, and messing with techy stuff.

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