What an exciting week! I had the privilege of attending two different worship conferences this week. These conferences are an opportunity for those involved in church music and technical ministries to learn from professional (mostly Christian artists and technicians, though occasionally some are not) musicians and technical experts. It's a great time of learning and connecting with other believers.
Often, the musicians who perform at the main worship sessions are well known artists. At the second conference this week, the featured artist was Paul Baloche. I love Paul's music as he is an extremely gifted songwriter. Our church uses a lot of his music during worship time, so when Paul led worship I felt like I was really at home. I was especially joyful when Paul led us in "Today Is The Day" (one of my all time favorite songs).
As OCD Awareness Week was concluding, I thought it would be appropriate to wear my awareness t-shirt at the conference yesterday. I must admit that I was a little nervous about wearing it, but honestly, the thought of bringing a little attention to OCD (and to my brave fellow OCD sufferers) really seemed worth any minor risk of awkwardness for me. I knew I made the right decision when I got stopped by an employee at the restaurant where my group had breakfast.
The employee noticed the "crafty" tools depicted on the front of my shirt and she asked me if I was an artist. I turned around and showed her the back of my shirt. I said that I was wearing it for OCD Awareness Week and I explained a little bit to her about how there is now effective treatment available. I also told her about the IOCDF. She seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say and thanked me for sharing the information. Wow. That rocked. I wore that shirt proudly for the rest of the day, just hoping that someone else would notice it and realize that help is out there.