Earlier this year, my kids joined the children’s choir at church. Last Sunday was their first live performance. As their mom I was beaming from ear to ear as I watched my kids, along with 15 others, used their beautiful voices to worship God. If you are a parent, I’m sure you can relate to the elated feeling I felt as I sat their watching their performance. Having the opportunity to witness these young children serve God through their worship gave me so much joy!
Apparently I wasn’t the only one joyous in their performance. Later in the evening, my son shared with me, wearing a big grin on his face, that he saw several adults touched by their singing. My daughter also commented that the other children at church had expressed to her a desire to serve God through worship too. They were so delighted to know that they had made such an impact on so many people, both young and old, through their singing.
Thinking back , it is hard to believe that I was so indecisive about having my children involved in choir. I was apprehensive about devoting more time to my children’s activities. I knew that joining the children’s choir takes commitment. Specifically a time commitment which I was not willing and ready to give. After all, our schedule is already jam packed with other activities such as dancing, taekwando, piano – just to name a few. So every time when my kids asked to join the choir, I will just hem and haw over it and not give them a definitive answer.
One day as I was ponder on my kid’s desire to join the children’s choir, my mind wander to Matthew 19:14 which reads:
It made me realize that in my indecisiveness I was actually hindering my children from their desire to serve God. As a Christian, my strongest desire is to have my kids to know and love God, and serve Him wholeheartedly. This is what I have prayed for earnestly on my knees before they were born, and yet, here I am, unaware that I was actually hindering them. So I just want to say “Hallelujah!” that God had opened my eyes to reveal what I was doing.
You see, the children’s choir isn’t just about singing and performing. It’s also about fellowship. As Christians, we know how important fellowship is to a believer. Fellowship helps strengthen our faith and helps us grow as we share our burdens and joys with one another. Kids need fellowship too! Through choir, the kids are building and strengthening their relationships with other fellow believers. I smile when I see all the kids so happy to be amongst each other sharing little tidbits about their days. I am delighted to hear them pray for one another when a team member is sick or away. I love it when they encourage one another after each performance. Whether they know it or not, they are building each other up in faith and fellowship. I’m so glad that they have found a place to develop this bond with each other.
So I learned a special lesson. Do not hinder. Jesus rebuked his disciples when they turned away the children from him because Jesus wanted to bless them. I believe that Jesus was also rebuking me when I found that verse in Matthew. I’m so glad that the veil was lifted from my eyes because I also found the blessing that Jesus had wanted to give to my children. Fellowship.