Getting Your Kids To Worship
If I lead millions in worship, and yet my kids never “get it”, I’ve missed it. Worship always, always, always starts in the home. So…what are some creative, yet simple, worship ideas for the kiddo’s? (By the way, the beautiful ones seen to your right are my little worshippers).
1. Be a worshipper yourself. I’ve heard of major professional athletes who would give up their fame and fortune for a relationship with their father. Why? Because the number one influence in a child’s life, young or old, is still mom and dad. Our kids are watching our worship. Let me say it again: our kids are watching our worship. What are they seeing? As we worship, they will naturally follow. However, they will first follow our example of worship in the home…which takes us to number two…
2. “Be careful little eyes what you see.” Do you even remember this old song? Like many homes, we have had cable TV for most of our kids lives. However, we noticed as our girls started to grow, their Disney favorites, for example, started to shift from the “playhouse” to the afternoon and evening lineup — and the influence wasn’t the best. Not that it’s all bad…but we quickly noticed it wasn’t the best for our kids at this stage of our lives. So, we removed it. Not a big deal to any of us.
As parents, we must be sensitive to what we are allowing in our homes. The Brady Bunch isn’t admired in the afternoon anymore. Times have changed. Be careful what we are allowing in the lives of our young minds.
Check out their iPods, the magazines they’re interested in, the posters on their walls, their video collection, their wii games…whatever. It may seem old fashion, however, it’s still ok to ask the old question, “what would Jesus do” — or watch, or listen to, or read… You get the idea.
3. Fill your homes with worship. From infancy, we have kept worship DVD’s in our cars, worship CD’s on our mp3 players, worship channels on our TV. Even as we sleep, we often keep music playing in the family room. Why? Anything we can do to encourage worship, we do.
Get creative. Google worship ideas for kids. Talk to other parents you admire. Just do it! Sing, dance, jump, have fun…in your home, as you worship.
What are some other creative ways to get our kids to worship?