Here is an honest post written by my husband about why he didn’t want to do family worship and how trusting God changed Him, and changed us.
Why I Didn’t Want To Do Family Worship – by Chris Carter
I did not want to do family worship at first. Something about it didn’t feel right. I was uncomfortable leading my family in worship. It felt awkward. Plus, I had never seen anyone do this before. I felt like it wasn’t a big deal. After all, isn’t this what we are supposed to do on Sunday’s? Maybe on Wednesday nights or special events…AT THE CHURCH!! You see I wasn’t raised doing this at home. Worship was something reserved only for that building down the street. It kind of felt wrong. Heather and I attended a class at our church where a great family decided to lead a Wednesday night study on Family Worship and it was compelling. So we decided to give it a try. We chose dinner time because it seemed to be the best time to teach Gracie. She was locked into her chair eating food. She couldn’t go anywhere and had to listen. That was 3 years ago. I wish I could say that it was easy but it wasn’t at first. As I said, I did not want to do this. But something amazing happened. Over time, I started looking forward to it and then I couldn’t wait to read God’s Word with my family each day. The times we spoke gradually got longer. We pray, study, and sing. As I’ve been thinking about this I’ve noticed something else. We not only do family worship after dinner…we do it throughout the day. While out in the yard it comes natural to us to point out God’s amazing creation. Gracie is pointing His works out to us as well. While staring out over the horizon of probably one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen yet, Gracie said, “Isn’t God Awesome Daddy?” The point is, by starting this…by forcing myself to do it…God has not only made it comfortable but natural. I like talking to my family about Him!!! It doesn’t feel awkward anymore. He has become a bigger part of my life and theirs. And He did it by taking me out of my comfort zone. Remember in Exodus 3 and 4 when God speaks to Moses and tells him to go to Egypt and ask Pharaoh to let His people go. Moses says, “God, no not me. Get someone else, I’m not the right person to be asking to do this.” You know the story, God gives Moses a bit of a talking to and puts him in his place. He also gives him Aaron to do the speaking for him. Now Moses, not comfortable but has Aaron, is ready to go and talk to Pharaoh. The first three plagues are done through Aaron. Gen. 7:19, 8:5, 8:16 “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron,…'” Here you see God instructing Moses on what Aaron is to say and do with the staff. But notice what happens in Gen. 8:20. “Then the Lord said to Moses…” Wait, what happened? Where is Aaron? You will see that Aaron’s name is mentioned, but from here on out it’s Moses speaking directly to Pharaoh. It’s Moses raising the staff in the air and calling on God to do amazing and powerful things. So what happened? Moses gained confidence in God. At some point he began to really trust God. As a result, God works mightily through Moses. I’m not saying that a long brown box is going to show up on your doorstep this week containing a wooden staff that you can command your family with. That would be awesome, but don’t count on it. However, when you trust God as Moses did and lead your family through His Word, you are allowing His Spirit to work in your life, and theirs, and He will be faithful.