I'm reminded in Matthew 17 when Jesus, Peter, James and John were on the mountain and Moses and Elijah joined them. It was such a spiritual high that Peter offered to build them each a house right there on the mountain so they could stay and never have to go back down and deal with the mess of day-to-day life again.
It's tempting to want to live in the constant high of a Tulsa Workshop experience, but the ordinary, day-to-day life calls us back. And that's not a bad thing at all.
There is glory in the ordinary. 99.9% of the good we get to do is not done on a stage in front of thousands. It is done one-on-one. It is done in everyday circumstances. It is done with the sick, the hurt, and the broken. It is done through simple notes, phone calls and e-mails. It is done with hugs and handshakes, thoughtful questions and encouraging words. In those moments no one will be there to cheer us on. In fact, it is likely that no one will even notice. And that's all right, because we don't do it so that someone will notice. We do it for Him, not for the praise of man.
So, I'm reminding myself today to enjoy the Workshop moments, but not to try to dwell there. They are nice for the moment, but they are often not where real "rubber-meets-the-road" ministry lies. Lord willing, there will be another Workshop in 51 weeks, but I'm more looking forward to the journey of those 51 weeks rather than the next event at the end.
However, I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that it was an awful lot of fun to sing with Acappella...