As I was looking into my handsome, 19-month old nephews eyes this morning, attempting to spend time with God, the Lord showed me what true worship is for the life of a busy parent. As I sat on the couch, in the midst of a battlefield of incoherent babbles, the same short song playing over and over, thanks to the “push this” button and a busy attention-grabbing boy, I thought to myself, wow, being a parent means that I’ll have less time to spend with God.
God spoke into my Spirit, no Heather; you’ll actually have more. Now, if you’re a parent you’re probably thinking to yourself, Heather, you’re just one of those crazy aunts, what are you talking about? My life is chaos! Oh, but dear friend, you have the opportunity to live out the gospel each moment of the day as you love that little one.
Sure, you may not be able to study the bible like John McArthur or prepare a sermon that could rival the likes of Charles Spurgeon, but you certainly can live out the gospel, dying to yourself to serve that little human being.
Every wipe, bath, change of clothes (again), book read or game played is an act of worship. That’s right, worship. It is the gospel on display. It is sacrificial love in action.
Don’t be discouraged, because you feel as though you have no time to spend with God anymore. Rejoice that God has given you a little one to serve, love and sacrifice your life for and in doing so, you are truly spending time with your Maker.
The next time you wipe a booger, change a diaper or deal with a temper tantrum, remember that it is an opportunity to offer up worship to God.
Thank you father that even busy parents can spend time with you. In fact, they have more time to spend with you as they love and serve the child you have so graciously given them. We are blessed. Thank you for the gift of children to reveal to us our deep need for you. Thank you for using them to make us more like your son Jesus. Amen.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. (or dirty hands, noses or mouths) emphasis added mine – John 13:12-14