Andrea Olson is a worship leader, recording artist, coach and founder of Overflow Worship, a ministry for Worship Leaders and entire teams. Andrea (with family in tow) travels the Midwest leading worship, training teams and equipping church leaders with practical tools to thrive in ministry. Andrea continues to release new songs for the church to sing and new resources on overflowresource.com, which she started in 2020, to help churches train their leaders and worship teams.
This blog in the Gratitude Series was written from the heart of worship leader and Overflow Resource founder, Andrea Olson.
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Gratitude. It’s something I’ve had on my heart for a long time, and even more in recent days. Our perspective and choices really make a big difference on our every day lives and the things we do. It’s important for us to guard our minds and hearts. Choosing gratitude is a great way to do that. It’s not that we have to be grateful for every single thing in our lives. We may not be grateful for the flu. But we can certainly be grateful in and through all things.
I wanted to share what’s on my heart and what I’m grateful for in this current season and week. The top thing that I’m grateful for this week is the relationships God has brought into my life that challenge, pour into, and encourage me. This is something I haven’t had in every season of my life and I certainly don’t take it for granted. I’m so grateful for those relationships in my life. I wouldn’t be who I am today without those people who encourage, challenge, and push me.
This week I was chatting on zoom with a friend that lives many states away. We’ve had few opportunities to just chat and put work aside. Sometimes we write songs together and work together, but this time we set it all aside and decided this was just a catch-up hour. Some things she shared with me were such an encouragement to my heart. Something we talked about was that there are so many darts from the enemy being thrown at all of us. Especially in this season, it’s very tumultuous with the virus , and the election. The uncertainty, fear, worry, and division. I feel personally attacked in my mind, and if I’m not careful I can spiral into negativity and sadness.
What I really want to encourage you with, is what my friend encouraged me with; take every thought captive. I’m so grateful for that perspective shift! It’s not new and nothing you haven’t heard before. If you are a follower of Christ, you’ve probably heard that verse several times, to “take every thought captive”. But really being intentional to do that is so key, especially during this of uncertainty. Any time a thought comes into your mind and into my mind that doesn’t line up with the word of God, we need to cast it out. It’s all about being proactive. We have to jump on top of it, and not allow that thought to enter our mind. This is an active process, not a passive one.
As you jump into this upcoming week, will all the things that you are planning for and the things that you can’t plan for, I challenge you to let this be your filter and focus. Let this be our mindset as we kickstart into this next week with gratitude, being grateful that we have the word of God to remind us to take every thought captive. As those scared and worrisome thoughts creep into your mind I encourage you to take it captive and say,“No, that doesn’t align with the Word of God.” If it’s causing fear, anxiety, and worry, we cast it out. It’s a proactive thing. It’s one of the things that I’ve learned this year now more than ever. It’s a consistent pattern and something that we need to keep coming back to and say,“nope I will not allow this into my mind.”
We may not be grateful for every situation, but we can be grateful in every situation.