Be a Difference-Maker
While I sincerely love helping all of my clients, my soul comes alive when I get a chance to contribute to projects like this one.
A few weeks ago, I got a call from my friend Shawn asking if I can help design a visual art piece for First Baptist Church O'Fallon, IL. For that weekend's services, they were going to sing a song called, "I Am," by Influence Music & Melody Noel featuring William Matthews. (By the way, Influence Music is kind enough to share a free download of this song, so be sure to click here if you'd like your free copy.)
Influence Music's video for this song shows a man putting up posters of people's faces with the words "I Am" written over their images. Throughout the video, members of the band and others wrote on the posters with their "I Am" statements to declare who they are in Christ. The music video for this song inspired FBCO'Fallon to create a similar interactive experience in their worship service for people to come up on stage and make their "I Am" declarations.
Taking my cues from the music video, I got to work right away and came out with a clean and simple design that I was excited to see people write all over.
Shawn printed the designs on wall clings so they could be hung up after the services, not only as a reminder of such a moving worship experience, but also as impactful art pieces.
I don't know what it is about projects like this that just gets my heart pumping. Maybe it's knowing I get to play a part of helping others experience a deeper level of intimacy with God, while also being behind the scenes—like I'm some sort of mysterious super hero of design. That may be stretching it a bit, but I really do love the anonymity of it all. Okay, so I know this blog post is totally contradictory to that, but before you start calling me a hypocrite, let me explain myself...
I'm sharing this story because I think it's something that needs to be said. There's something incredibly gratifying about not getting acknowledged for things that touch others' lives. Kind of like giving a homeless person a new coat and gloves during the winter. It doesn't matter if people know you did it. What matters is the difference you made in that one person's life.
There were many people involved in making this worship experience happen—many people that won't be credited for their contributions. I don't even know everyone that was involved, but I'm glad to have worked with them on this project and even though they may go unnamed, I know they all would say the same thing..."It was worth it."
Watch the video below to see how it all came together.