This is the final post in the series designed to help you and your family get the most out of worshiping together. I pray as we move into July and we all come together to worship in one space that it will truly be a blessing for all involved. This series barely even begins to scratch the surface of all that could be written on this subject, but I hope that it serves as a good starting point from which you and your family can build on.
If your children are going to get the most out of the worship service it WILL start with the example you set. Certainly we need to talk and teach but, at the end of the day, if our kids to SEE us worshiping then the impact of what we SAY will be much less.
Are you worshiping? First we all need to take time to check our own hearts. Ask yourself, “Am I worshiping?” When you come to church is YOUR heart in the right place? Is your head in the right place? Are you still thinking and worrying about things that need to be done, or have been done that you wish you could change? What is distracting you from connecting with God and TRULY worshiping?
Are you distracted? There are so many things that can be a distraction while in church. Some of them we can’t do anything about. A fussy baby in the back of the room or the older lady two rows up whose hair is the strangest shade of blue. If you allow them these types of things can be very distracting, but some of the distractions we bring with us. Are you playing on your smart phone or other device instead of singing or listening to the message? Are you pretending to write notes on the message when you’re really doodling? I’m a doodler so I get it. For some of us this small physical activity actually allows the brain to concentrate better on what is being said. However, for many it’s simply a boredom fighting distraction. If that’s you, stop it.
Let It Go. Ok, I know you’re probably tired of that song, but stick with me. We often refer to the space that we worship in as the “sanctuary”. I really like that because, for me, that’s exactly what it is. Life comes with all kinds of worries, problems, and concerns. These don’t go away when we walk into the church. However, for me it is an opportunity to set those things aside for a little while. Whatever problems you carried into church will still be there when you leave church. It’s ok to not think about them for a little while. The message you miss because you’re worrying about one problem or another may be the very one that God wants to give you a solution to that problem.
Show them. Let them see you singing, even if you’re not very good. Let them see you putting your tithe in the plate. Let THEM put it in sometimes. When the preacher is preaching take out your Bible and follow along. When someone’s praying bow your head and show the same reverence you want your child to show. Let them SEE you taking part in each part of the service. Remember they learn more from what they SEE us do then what they HEAR us say.
So what? I hope that you have found this series helpful. Worshiping together as a family can truly be a great experience. It can be enjoyable for you and your children. BUT, it might take a little work to get there. At the end of the day, do all you can to enjoy this time together, worshiping as a family.
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