Investing in Eternity
by Kellie Tipton
Standing in our worship service at church I became so aware of God’s hand in my life, more specifically in my children’s lives. I was experiencing worship being led by a team of musicians that consisted of all three of my children. I stood in awe of His presence and of this moment in time.
When I think back, I remember the conversations with my husband about how we would make sure music was a part of their curriculum. Each child was to take a few years of piano lessons to begin and then we would give them opportunity to choose an instrument to explore. As they made their choices we then needed to figure out how to orchestrate their practice times for piano, guitar and drums! It was an investment and we chose to make it a priority.
Oh, the music they would play, but it sounded so different on this evening. It wasn’t an overnight progress, it was years of practice at home, at band practices, a lot of conversations and prayer.
For many years we have had a worship team in our children’s services. It started out due to a desire to raise up worshippers and we had so many of our children who were musicians or had a desire to be one.
Pastor Billy and I started them out observing experienced musicians and eventually they would be given opportunity to play during the practices. This prepared them for the future opportunities they would be given if they showed they were committed and were faithful to be at practices.
Many children, youth and young adults have been a part of that process over the years and my three children were in that mix as well. What challenges and what joy to see the fruit of those years as we saw them step into the worship team, step out of their comfort zone and lead worship. Many have grown up, gone to college, are raising a family of their own and are world changers.
While we have had many seasons, I believe the best is yet to come but right now, in this moment, I am tasting some of the fruit and so thankful for what God has done and what God is doing!
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.