PASTOR'S PEN: A 'small' example

On Sunday mornings, I join the Praise Team up front in singing various songs of worship to God. I’ll have to admit, however, that it’s not always easy. There are those Sunday mornings I just feel stressed or down or angry about something, and am aware of how hypocritical it is to lead worship when I don’t necessarily feel very worshipful myself. But when I get that way, I simply look down. No, not at my shoes and, dare I say, not even to pray, though that is helpful as well. I look down from the stage to the rows in front of me. There sit a few kids and a young man — he’s in seventh grade now — singing songs of worship to God. And it makes me smile.

There is just something about a child or a young man or woman worshipping God that brings a little joy and a thankful heart. It is simply refreshing for the soul to hear them singing praises to the Creator of the world, the King over all kings. These young ones are living examples of glorifying God.

One of my favorite verses to share with our teens, and I’m certain I have shared it here before, is 1 Timothy 4:12, "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." There is something so seemingly pure about a child worshipping God — and it’s an example to us all.

In your life, be sure you are serving God. You may shine a bit of hope and be a guiding example without even realizing the impact you are making on someone else.