I worked in the audio/video department in my church and this particular Sunday I was responsible for putting the lyrics of the worship songs on the big screen. While listening to the music of the next song to be sung…I thought I recognized it. But the worship leader sung something that sounded like….Left my BEER by the side of the road… WHAT??? Although, I guess it would be an ok thing to do-leaving beer that is…just didn’t sound like it was shaping up to the kind of song that we would normally sing in church. I brought up another screen and begin searching on the internet for a song with those lyrics so if I could type them in as we went. Nothing came up…not even close. As the leader kept singing…the screen stayed blank…I had no idea where he was going…and then he got to the chorus of the song….”All I need is you…All I need is you Lord..”
Now this part I knew…but I had no idea that there was more to this song than the chorus which was all that we used to sing. Secondly, I still couldn’t figure out how “beer” fit into the whole scheme of things. Later I learned that the verse starts…”left my FEAR by the side of the road…” OOOkay…making sense now. Scary for me…not having the lyrics up and thinking our worship leader had lost his mind…BUT it was two GREAT lessons in listening.
- I MISHEARD what was said. I know what it sounded like…but that was not what he said. How many times has our spouse, our kids, our siblings, our parents, our boss said something that WE misinterpreted? Especially with modern technology…an email or text can be taken all out of context if someone leaves their caps lock on by mistake. By now you should know the rule…REPEAT what you thought you heard and get clarity. If I had just asked the question..more than likely somebody in the studio had heard the song before and could have told me what it was. In a conversation, what you may have thought was offensive, may just be frustration that has nothing to do with you. ASK and REPEAT.
- I didn’t know that there was MORE to the song than what I had previously heard before. Anytime you are in a conversation…know that 8 times out of 10 there is more to it than what you are hearing. Search for the root, dig for motive, keep asking why in new and creative ways. I didn’t know that the chorus had a verse that connected it. Don’t think that a bad day at work for your spouse isn’t connected to his response to you. Don’t view your kids moping as just them being moody…connect the dots.
So the next time you hear about beer on the side of the road…don’t panic….it’s probably just the verse to a chorus that ends up turning out ok.