Growing Up in a Preacher’s Home
Pictured above: David Webster – age 3
David Webster is the son of Warren and Joyce Webster, missionaries to the American military in Japan. Bro. Webster serves as the IT Director of the church and college ministries. He also plays the piano for the main church services each week. He and his wife Charise have one daughter, Monique.
Music is one of the most powerful influences on a person’s life and behavior. It will either help you in your Christian walk to draw you closer to the Lord, or it will pull you towards the world. I was fortunate to grow up in a good Christian home where we always had access to good, godly music. Here are some of the things that we did in my home as I was growing up that helped develop my love for music:
1. We sang together as a family quite often in the home. Whether it was during devotions or practicing to sing for church, this was always a fun time and helped us to draw closer to each other. Psalm 40:3 “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” When we trust Christ as Savior, he puts a new song in our heart. My dad always knew if one of us was not singing that there was a spiritual problem in our life. Singing together not only helped us bond as a family, but helped my parents to determine where we were at spiritually.
2. My mom and dad made sure that we always had good Christian music available in the home, and they regularly checked our rooms to make sure that we weren’t hiding music in there that ought not to be there. It is the parents’ right to check their children’s rooms, especially if they feel something is not right in their lives.
3. Sunday morning we always woke up to the sound of lively Christian music playing on the record player. This helped to wake us up and prepare our spirits for the service. It is SO much easier to have a good spirit on Sunday if you have already been listening to good music.
4. Each one of the kids in our family took some type of music lessons. It didn’t matter whether we really wanted to or not, we were required to play an instrument. Not only was it good for us musically, but it also helped us in the area of discipline.