As parents, we need to have values for our families that we are instilling in our children. Without defining values you will never know what is important and what is not. And let’s face it, every parent needs to know what hill they are willing to die on, because our children will test everything.
One of the values every parent who follows Christ should be trying to instill in their children is worship. Often, people of think worship as merely singing. Singing can be worship, and is a great place to start, but worship is so much more. I write a lot about worship, so I won’t go into a lot about what worship is, but so that we are on the same page, let me quickly define it for us. Hopefully, this will help us as we define worship for our children.
For the past week I’ve been thinking about my dad. I’ve thought about many of these things over the past 20 years of being an adult — and even more over the past 12 years of being a dad. But a week ago my dad died suddenly and unexpectedly.
I think one of the bonuses to living in Southern California is our proximity to Disneyland. Now I realize not everyone feels the same way, but our family loves it. We have been fortunate enough to have annual passes for a few years. One of the years we had passes our kids were small, so every time we went, we rode every ride in Fantasyland and Toontown. Those 45-minute waits for the Dumbo ride about killed me! When our kids were older we were able to get annual passes again and I was determined to say goodbye to Fantasyland. I couldn’t wait to introduce them to the “big kid” roller coasters.
A number of years back scientists found what they said was another planet beyond Pluto; ironically, neither of these orbiting bodies are planets anymore. However, back then they were both planets. I remember being so amazed at our Creator. There’s so much that we don’t know about our universe, yet God knows it all.
One Sunday I was leading my community in worship and began to encourage them that God is so much bigger than we know, using this example. Before I could get all the words out I was cut off by someone in our congregation. He said, “STOP IT! STOP IT! We’re trying to worship God and you’re talking to us about a planet.” Mind you, he cut me off before I could get to the punchline.