In a world defined by “American Idols,” likes, shares, follows, views and viral sensations, it’s easy to get the wrong message about what’s really important in this life. If we’re not careful, it’s easy to get and give the wrong message about who and what is worthy of our attention. And, if the act of worship is about attributing worth to someone or something, a quick check of our browsing history might readily tell the story of what we worship. I’ve heard the same said about our checkbooks — but I’m certain my iPhone would be more telling. As a mom, I have to stop and ask myself “Am I leaving a legacy of worship?” And, if the answer is “Yes”, the more telling question might be “Of, what?”How we spend our time sends a message about what we worship. #LeaveALegacy Click To Tweet
The Gift of Time
Honestly Mommas, there isn’t a week that goes by that I’m not convicted at least once about how I choose to spend my time.
I occassionally joke about not picking up a good novel these days. I then explain that the kind of reading that allows me to get lost in another world also has the consequence of turning me into “bad mom.” When I’ve fallen down that rabbit hole, the house could be burning, the girls naked as the day they were born, eating peanut butter out of the jar and I wouldn’t care as long as it didn’t disturb my ability to turn the page. Truthfully, there are countless other activities that have the same effect (that I am not so willing to walk away from) scrolling through social media accounts is just one of them.
A mentor once told me that one of the greatest gifts I possess is that of my time. Believe me, if we are conscious and aware of how we spend our time so are our spouses and our babes.
If my time and attention are governed more by an exercise routine, calorie counting, and the next meal than they are my Creator, what am I worshiping and what kind of legacy am I leaving?
What it my time and efforts are eaten up by sporting events and travel teams; ruled by wins and losses with little time devoted to the One who is victorious, what am I worshiping and what legacy will I leave?
Whether I worship money or food; likes and follows versus real relationships; how I choose to spend my time and invest my energies will serve as a beacon to my children. Without putting it to words, I am already communicating to my girls what and how I choose to worship.What are you worshiping and what legacy are you leaving? #LeaveALegacy Click To Tweet
A Different Kind of Legacy
The beautiful thing about legacies is that like our lives, they are fluid, and constantly subject to change and growth until the day we draw our last breath.
God’s story for your life is not defined by a highlight reel of all your bad decisions. You are more than the sum of your lesser moments and your legacy can be the same.
The best place to start is in the beginning. Talk with your kids about what it means to worship our Creator and give them examples of His goodness and why we should worship Him. Take it a step further and ask them to give you reasons why they should worship God. Turn to scripture — I think Psalm 100 is a great place to start; it’s not so long that it will lose the littles’ attention and descriptive enough to make it fun and engaging to read.
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Keep the conversation rolling with your children over the next several days and weeks. Continue to read through the Psalms; I think Psalm 145 is a great example of how we can praise God’s goodness. Use that verse as a starting point for encouraging your children to identify on their own how they have seen God’s goodness at work in their lives. As the conversation continues, be sure to devote time to talking about the things (good and bad) that can clamor for our attention and draw us from living a life that is focused on worshiping God.
Mommas, now is a great time to be transparent with our children. Share with them (at an appropriate level) the struggles you may have with how you spend your time and to what you give your attention. Remind them of what it means to worship and this time share with them how sometimes by our action we can make certain things and people in our lives like little “g” gods and remind them of what the Bible says about there only being one God. (Isaiah 45 provides a good starting point as throughout the chapter it reiterates the existence of one God.) Encourage your children to identify activities (video games, surfing social media, watching tv, etc.) or people in their lives that they have elevated to little “g” status and walk them through a prayer of repentance using yourself as an example and lead the way as you pray for help in how you use your time and energies.
This is how you leave a different kind of legacy.
Mommas, this is how you leave a legacy of worship.