After three days, both my 5 year old and 7 year old were singing the first verse of Come Christians Join To Sing in the morning while they were getting dressed, in the car together over and over till they got it just right, and after dinner as a performance for the rest of the family. We don’t often sing hymns at the church we go to, but I love them. They are so rich with meaning and praise, and it is precious to see my children sing them with smiles on their faces, lost in the luscious words of Alleluia, Amen.
I’ve grown to see that over-valuing individuality and personal uniqueness, especially in my outward appearances, is a side effect of focusing more on myself and my world than on Christ and His Kingdom. It is often a symptom of self-worship as opposed to Christ-worship. In reality, creativity and originality can be used to glorify me by drawing attention to me, or they can be used to glorify Christ by drawing attention to Christ. And this is where PCA’s intentionality about clothing and uniforms won me over.