“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
It really was no big deal. In fact, I did it reluctantly because I thought it was a lame thing to do for a budding rock star with a glorious mullet and a band that played in San Francisco nightclubs. But Ed Talbot, one of my youth leaders at my local church, asked me to please lead some music for the Jr. and Sr. High group during Sunday-school at our church. He asked me to lead just 3 slightly better worship songs every Sunday morning during the summer of 1990. I didn’t really want to, but because the “Kum-ba-yah” crap they sang was utterly lame, because I felt sorry for the kids, and because I knew it would probably honor God – I said “yes.” It was such a small thing for me to do, and it didn’t in any way feel like a grand strategic move on my part.
A year later one of the youth, who sang along with me during that Sunday school gig in the summer of 1990, got a job as a camp counselor at Ponderosa Lodge. At the last-minute, Ponderosa had lost their scheduled worship leader for that summer, which prompted the Director to ask her summer staff if they knew of anyone to lead worship – anyone who breathed and could hold any kind of tune at all. So this youth from our church group told her, “I really doubt he would be interested because of his commitment to his band, but you should call Andy Lewis.” She called and asked me if I would please bail her out and be Pondy’s worship leader that summer. I knew nothing about being a worship leader – in fact, at the time I attended a church that only sang to piano & organ music, which means I had no idea God even allowed bands in worship – but I said “yes” because I wasn’t doing anything else that summer, I needed a change in scenery, and it probably would be a good thing for me to do.
At Pondy I met my wife, met my closest friends to this day, and dedicated my life to serve God wherever He wanted me to serve Him. Because I took that step to lead worship at Pondy I spoke into the lives of 100s of students, mentored counselors who became ministry leaders, and a local pastor heard me and made a way to bring me to Santa Cruz to work as a pastor where I’ve had the privilege of serving 100o’s of people over the last 20 years. And it all started because of one small step Ed Talbot invited me to take in the summer of 1990. Think about the greatest impact that’s been brought to bear on your life and through your life and then think about your first small step which led there. It’s pretty amazing what God does as we take each step, each day. You never know how significant today’s small step may prove to be.