Isaiah 25:1 (cev)
I’ve been thinking a lot about the act of worship, and it’s been an area that I’ve really felt uncomfortable in recently. When we moved to Dallas and started exploring new churches there, I started to realize that not everyone worships the way that I do, or I don’t worship the way others do. Prior to moving, we had a church at home that we loved, and it was the only church I ever belonged to as an adult. I was really comfortable with how things were, and honestly, I didn’t love the changes in dynamics when we started attending new churches.
Church became a constant comparison and distraction for me; I had never seen some of worship styles that I was now face to face with, and some felt kinda over the top. I started to question myself – was I doing this wrong? Did I have a different relationship with God than they did? Was mine not as good? If I loved Jesus the way they did, would I be doing more – more arm raising, or aisle dancing, or jumpin’ and clappin’?
If I’m not careful, even the good things in my life can be manipulated and turned into a comparison trap. I spent a lot of time studying the idea of worship and praying to understand it more – and what here’s what I’ve come to: it’s pretty simple and straightforward, just like I believe God intended for it to be. The definition is “the feeling or expression of adoration and reverence for God”. And that’s pretty perfect, because both feelings and expressions are deeply personal things. And when I think about it like that, it totally makes sense that my worship style wouldn’t resemble anyone else’s. And it also reminds me that whatever way that I choose to worship and love on my God, it’s perfect for him – he literally created me for worship in a very specific way, and he did the same for you.
I’ll say it over and over again, as much as I need to hear it, because that means someone else does too; YOU belong exactly as you are. There’s a space created perfectly for you. Don’t allow yourself to start seeing your differences as flaws – they’re not.
How does worship look for you? How are you most comfortable praising God? What have you previously seen as a flaw in yourself that you now see as a gift from the Lord?
For your only priority to be worshipping the Lord and remaining in constant connection with Him.
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