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A Quick Reminder about Authentic Worship as a Dad


Twice I’ve had the chance to see Christian comedian Tim Hawkins on stage. He has a spectacular bit about “hand-raising in church.” Here’s a quick reminder about authentic worship as a dad. 

As only he can, Tim describes the many styles of worship including “carry the TV,” “hold my baby,” “my fish was this big,” “Mufasa,” and “Goalposts.” It’s pretty funny and well worth your two and a half minutes on YouTube. 

Changing gears…

Not long ago during a worship service, I looked down at my own hands and they were—as pictured above—honoring the nails that pierced the hands of Jesus. It was a bit of a shock. But it felt exactly right. 

Thinking about it since then, a favorite verse keeps coming to mind. Isaiah 53:5, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

To me, that verse is hugely powerful for two reasons:

First, because of the dramatic imagery of Jesus taking the brutal punishment for our sins. And secondly, because of the clear prophecy knowing that Isaiah wrote those words 700 years before Jesus walked the earth.

So here are two takeaways for you today: 

(1) If you have a chance, go see Tim Hawkins.

(2) Next time you find yourself in authentic worship, imagine a nail piercing the palm of Jesus’ hand. That physical gesture may serve to remind you that it was your sin and mine that put him on that cross.

No, you don’t have to do anything with your hands. But, be sure your kids see you modeling authentic worship as a dad. 

Not surprisingly, another verse comes to mind here. John 20:27, “Then Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’”

Honestly, you can do what you want with your hands during worship. Just know that your attitude around worship will help point your kids to true, authentic worship of God—or not. 

Question: If I asked your kids, how does dad worship God? How would your kids describe your style of worship to me?