Jason Squires

Songwriter, Worship Leader, & StoryTeller

A note to the burned out worship leader….

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015

A note to the burned out worship leader….

Dear Leader, I first want to say that I know where you are coming from. This isn’t a letter from a book I read, this is real life. Ministry sounds simple and straight forward.  You come in late, you hang with friends, you drink coffee, and you write a set list every week. In all reality its dirty, time consuming, and puts a toll on your family. The outsider looking in doesn’t see that. How can I ask for help without sounding like I am weak or unable to do my job?  I am here to tell you that you are not alone.  If every leader was to be honest, we all struggle with burnout.  Its a common place.  My wife and I are just at the end of a season of craziness.  We have been spinning several plates trying to keep them all going while also learning how to do life going from 1 to 3 kids in the last year and a half.  I have contemplated quitting things but only realized that it was from a place of burnout and not from a place of seasons changing. Stop, slow down, and step back.  The thing that I have realized is that life will continue when I step back and relax. It will continue to move forward while I recover. Life doesn’t need me to move forward.  I get to be a part of this story.  What story am I writing? Social media has been around and going strong now for about 10 years now. It has become second nature to most to be on your smart phone checking Facebook, posting pictures on Instagram, using Twitter to interact with your favorite TV show.  None of this is bad on its own but it pulls your mind away and doesn’t give you a chance to relax and disconnect. I will be the first to admit that my phone is always in my hand and I am easily distracted but its something that I am working on to be more intentional with my family when I am home.  I was recently at the National Worship Leader Conference in Dallas, TX and Ray Jones said,”Your family is your most important small group.” This has continued to resonate with me realizing that when I go to work tomorrow my work will still be there.  How can I be more intentional when I am home?...

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There is a light…

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012

There is a light…

Recently I had the privilege of leading worship at a graduation ceremony at Mercy Ministries.  Mercy Ministries is a program designed to help women from 13-28 with life controlling issues such as eating disorders, abuse, trafficking, and alcohol or drug dependencies.  Check out Mercy Ministries to find out more about their programs.  To learn more about the founder Nancy Alcorn check out her blog. While I was there I got to hear from one of their residents who was graduating from the program after battling anorexia.  She said something to the room full of residents that stuck with me.  She said, “There is a light at the end of the tunnel and His name is Jesus.”  I think this is something we can all take into our own lives.  Often we try and battle things on our own but forget that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  It was a powerful statement coming from someone who just walked through a season of life where that statement rang true....

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