By a 13-year-old girl
I love worship, it is probably my favorite way to thank Jesus for all he has done. But I started noticing in the past year that I wasn’t fully grasping the concept of worship. I wasn’t thinking about the messages in the songs. Because at my church most of the songs we sing I know pretty well from memory, well enough to where I don’t have to look at the screen where they project the lyrics. But I found that since I know the words so well my mind starts to wander to other places while my brain automatically sings the song. Don’t get me wrong, knowing the words to the songs isn’t a bad thing it is actually good thing, but in my case it is, in a way, a distraction, which we all should know isn’t a good thing. I found that while I automatically sang the song I would be “going” off to different “places” in my head taking away from the glory and purpose of worshiping the Lord. So lately I have been attempting to listen more to the words then sing them, and trying more to find the meaning in the song. To understand God’s message in the song. And I have found that it has been working, now the songs are more than words put to music. They are turning into a communication between me and God. All that to say I have been fully blessed to have a new found way to praise the Lord and that I hope you will find worship so enjoyable and meaningful as I do.
By a 11-year-old girl
Sometimes you think you have to be singing to be worshiping. But that’s not true. My family and I are staying with friends that have three wonderful little girls ages six, four, and two. They’re very cute, and love singing at the top of their voices whenever the house feels too quite. The youngest especially loves singing songs from Frozen. 😀 They’re amazing kids, but I could see how the mom might get exhausted, and/or very tired of hearing ‘Let it go’, and sometimes even squeals from their bedroom. So, I try to help entertain. Not because I want to be thanked, or because I want someone to notice at all what I’m doing, but because I love God. And He loves little children. In the Bible in Matthew 25:40 (NIV) Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” It then says things like “For, when I was hungry you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger, and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, sick, and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” I like that idea. That all that we do, we do for Jesus Christ. So watching these three little girls, and entertaining them, and playing with them, is helping their mom. In doing dishes every day so that other’s can get other more important things done, I can worship God even while doing that. I can worship God while I read storybooks to little children, and while I clean. You can worship God while you’re hiking, or doing chores, or even going to the store, because He made you able to do those things.
A Call to Worship
By a 15-year-old girl
I have always felt really connected to God through music and instruments. For example, music really speaks to me when I’m worshiping, and also when I’m mad, I play Christian music and it helps me feel better. Anyways, I have have been apart of my church’s worship band and I really enjoy that. Every Sunday I get to sing worship songs and connect with God in a valuable and unique way. My youth group also has a worship band, but I have always been too busy for it so I was never apart of it. Recently I was thinking that it would be cool to join the band for my youth group, but I didn’t want to do it unless God was calling me to it. I asked God to somehow take care of it and that if it was His will, then that he would bring it up and work it out. SO…. a couple Wednesdays ago, I was leaving youth group and my youth pastor wanted to talk to me. He said that he thought I wanted to talk to him while we were at our conference about joining the youth band. I chuckled at this, because I never brought up this topic. I said that it would be cool and that I would enjoy that. And then I left without a doubt that God was in the working. I have no idea where God is going with this but I am grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to see what happens. I’m excited to lead my peers in a special time for me.
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