As I write today my house is filled with music… I like to think of my home as a House of Worship. I personally sing, and currently lead worship in Lil Kidsplace, and that is a stretch for me most Sundays. I really just help kiddos sing and dance and I hope to help plant seeds of a life long journey towards worship that transcends the songs we sing when we are 3 years old. I have the privilege of looking out into a crowd of little people who sing about the bigness of God and don’t have enough life experiences to believe any different. It is definitely a highlight every week to praise with Preschoolers!!! It reminds me of my own children, and the journey to raise worshippers.
My oldest daughter Mia has always been a musician. As a toddler she would run towards the pulpit where my father in law was leading praise and worship. In that little church Mia would wiggle out of our arms and it was as if she was answering the call to sing her own song. We finally had to get her a mic and we have pictures that capture the moments we surrendered. She was only 18 months old when I finally figured out we had a worshipper on our hands. She was musically gifted from the start.
Mia taught herself to play every instrument she touched. The violin was the first instrument she was actually musically trained to play. I had to wait till the day before school started, the year she was going into 6th grade, to bring the violin home. And as I walked in the door she had taught herself “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” and “Happy birthday” because little sister was requesting these songs be played so she could sing along! The violin has been played every day in my house since!!!
The violin has been more than an instrument; it has been a vessel towards a future I could only see thru eyes of faith for many years as Mia was growing in her musical talents. And now I am beginning to see her future unfold. Mia was recently asked to play in the Christmas Service and for a Night of Worship. Seeing her play on the main stage has been overwhelmingly amazing. I have seen her hard work and dedication become a massive gift. And when I see her bow hit the strings I can see worship flow to Our Heavenly Father.
People ask “How do I raise a worshipper?” My answer is that there has to be a place that we teach beyond the notes. For me to raise a worshipper, I myself must be a worshipper. I must be willing to shatter my pride and in that humility reach for Father. Worship is in that surrender.
“Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.” Psalm 51:16-17 (MSG)