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Is Worship Worth It?
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another. HEBREWS 10:25, NIV
Ever witnessed anything like this at your house before? After falling under deep conviction during the pastor’s sermon entitled “The Family Altar Will Save Your Family,” Dad cranks up his courage and announces, “Tonight after dinner, we will have family devotions.” Later, after finishing his spaghetti, he pushes his plate aside, reaches for the 10-pound family Bible and says, “Everyone please sit up straight and listen carefully. It’s time for family worship.” Casting a pleading glance at Mom, he asks, “Honey, would you start us out with a praise chorus?” After a weak song attempt—during which seven-year-old
Tom blurts out, “This noise is making my head hurt!”—Dad is already sitting upright and is uptight.
“Okay, now let’s read some Scripture. What better place to start than the first three chapters of Genesis?” He then proceeds to read the lengthy selection. “Does anyone have a comment?” Dad asks. A long silence follows. Tom sticks his face in his water glass and tries to drink through his nose, causing Chrissy, age five, to giggle. “Stop it, you two!” Mom exclaims. “Can’t you see Daddy is being spiritual?” “Dad, I’ve got a lot of homework,” says Chuck, the family teenager. “Can we wrap this up?” “Well, what about Genesis, everybody? Come on. Any comments?” Dad asks, his voice rising. Feeling desperate, he looks at Mom. She quickly averts her eyes. Finally, Chuck lobs in a conversation starter: “What do you think God was doing before the Bible began?” “I have no earthly idea,” Dad says. “Let’s pray.” I’ll share some encouraging ideas for family devotions tomorrow, but for now let me say this: At least this family is trying. I know family devotions can cause a fair share of stress and self-doubt. But don’t let the awkward moments keep you from assembling together.
Do you have family worship in your home? Why or why not?
Ask God to show you how to make family worship fun and interesting for you and your children.