A few months ago, my thirteen year old daughter said something that changed me. It still makes my heart sink down into my stomach to think about. She said, “Mom, when I was a little girl you used to sing all the time. But, you don’t anymore.” I guess somewhere in the sway of the waves of life, I forgot to sing.
The day in and the day out of life can be so hard. We can get twisted up in worries and pressed down by circumstances. Sometimes, my days just zoom by with tasks and I forget to live purposefully. But, these words that my girl laid on me, broke my heart and they made me think, “I need to sing again.”
It got me thinking about sin and what brings us to change our ways. It is that sorrow that burrows down heavy inside us. When we think of our sin in a sad way, we do not want to do it anymore.
“For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation…” (2 Corinthians 7:10).
When we stop thinking so much about ourselves, and we think about how our sin effects others, change can take place. This godly sorrow produces a stirring in us, leading to repentance.
My heart was sad when my girl said that to me. And now my children hear “rise and shine, and give God the glory glory…” every morning. They wake up to mom singing. They hear me in the kitchen as I prepare meals, and in between our schoolwork my voice carries throughout our house. Yes, the little house in Utah valley with the crazy mom tunes coming out the windows, that’s us.