I was struck deeply one day by a story I heard from a friend of mine. It was about worship.
I’m not talking about the act of worship, which I’m sure has different meanings to many of us. Some think of the music portion of a church service or perhaps music that moves you deeply when alone with God. That’s what I always thought of it as. And there is nothing wrong with any of our perspectives of worship. But I found a deeper worship after I heard his story.
It went something like this:
My friend was in a country in Africa. A small village. A group of people who worked hard physically and also held a deep love of God in their hearts.
One day my friend was helping to shovel sand/dirt into or out of a truck. He worked alongside a man he was growing a close relationship with. The African man was able to shovel hard and fast. My friend, quite physically competitive by nature, saw it as a competition. The harder his African friend worked, he worked harder, and harder. Faster and faster. He realized that no matter how fast he shoveled his friend got more accomplished.
This frustrated my friend. So much that he stopped shoveling and grabbed his friend and tossed him on the ground. He asked the African how he can shovel so much more than him?
The lovely man from the village took my friend up a hill nearby that overlooked a field. There, below them, was a man plowing a field with his beast in tow. He simply told my friend to look at the man working the field. That is his worship. The shoveling I do is my worship to God.
That simple act of doing what you do. Very possible doing what you were created to do……. that is your Worship to God.
I thought long and hard and deep on this one. I’ve been a worship leader, guitar in hand, etc. But when this story penetrated my heart I realized that there is more to worship than I was taught or shown.
I realized that this journey with God that I have been on has been my worship. The molding and shaping He is doing in me and the revealing of my true self and who He created me to be – the talents, the personality, the gifts, the skills, the whatever – this is my worship to Him.
This is by far one of the most freeing experiences I have ever come to realize. And I don’t feel that I’ve totally grasped the deepest meaning. I am so caught up in my discontents in what He has me doing at this point in my life that I do believe I miss the wonderful, loving, truly joyful act of worship with Him – my life that He gave to me.
Find your worship, Dear Reader. I guarantee that you will find peace and love and joy when you do.
(also posted on https://churchsetfree.wordpress.com/category/cate-b/ )
A simple song by Misty Edwards:
16 thoughts on “Find Your Worship”
I love this song! Got it on repeat as I work here! Thank you.
One of my favorites.
A very big idea, Cate, and I think it is spot on!
very deep and thought-provoking. Thank you
Thank you 😀
Live it ,live it. Great reminder Cate. So when I get all bent out of shape. Not such good worship uh. Grace for all of us. I really did enjoy this story Cate.
Thank you Tom. Yes Grace to all of us. 🙂
I remember many years ago, Rod Parsley, said we are to offer to God our ordinary day as an act of worship to God! Preparing dinner for your family is an act of worship!!!
To me, ‘worship’ time in the modern church by and large is a talent show. The focus is on the singer[s] and band. Most of the time one cannot hear the congregation. So I too have been looking at worship differently over the years. Brother Lawrence [The Practice of the Presence of God] was a big help here.
On another note, I was poking around on your web site and discovered that you all spent some time in San Diego feeding the homeless. The church we participate with [Journey Community in La Mesa] dedicates much to doing just that.
Thanks for stopping by Cate …
Thank you Glen 🙂 San Diego is beautiful and wonderful area of our country. Glad to hear of God’s work there.
His blessings to you on your beautiful journey. 😀
This is beautiful Cate– worship in all we do. Thank you for telling the story and moving our hearts. Thank you friend.
You are so welcome Dear Friend.
another good one Cate! can’t go wrong with Misty either!!! two home runs!!! wtg dear friend ❤
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