Yesterday, my daughter Emily (7 years old) and I sat in church together. It was a great time of worshiping God through songs like ‘I will follow’, ‘Waiting here for you’ and ‘Revelation Song’. So I was just singing and worshiping God but my little girl next to me kept distracting me in a good way. I particularly was distracted during the quieter moments of songs where you really hear people singing. What I heard was an amazing sound, my daughter belting out words of praise to her heavenly father. One thing that hit me was that she was not afraid to sing out with all she had. In fact the guy in front of us made a point to turn around and tell her, ‘what a beautiful voice you have’ as he clearly heard her singing as well.
Another teachable moment for me was the offering. As soon as we entered the worship center, Emily was asking me, ‘have they taken the offering yet!’ and I assured her that they had not. She had never asked me about that before. I then noticed that she was carrying this little pink felt purse proudly in her arms that had the remaining two dollars of her tooth fairy money (she later told us she had given the other 2 dollars and change to Ingred Michelle, the Compassion child our church supports). Finally the moment came where the ushers were approaching with the offering baskets. Emily was excitedly moving around in her chair. For a moment I thought she was going to lose patience and just run towards the nearest usher and tackle him with her money, but I was able to contain her until our turn came. As the basket came to her she quickly extracted the two dollars (completely emptying her purse) and placed it in the basket.
I walked away from that experience very challenged by my little girl. Do I worship God unashamedly and boldly like she does? Do I get excited about giving to God and His work like she does? This moment my daughter was teaching and challenging me. I think about 1 Timothy 4:12 that says, ‘12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.’ ‘God, help me to have faith like a child today and dare to trust You in a more complete and deep way!’