There are some Sunday mornings when it is really hard for me to go to church. Hear me out though before you get all judgey. 😉 I am currently in the middle of softball season. I’m an assistant coach for a high school team for those that don’t know. I have a tournament literally every single weekend between the months of February and mid-May, with the exception of maybe two or three. A whole lot of softball! And sometimes those tournaments will go into the late hours on Saturday night. We will get there at 7:30 or 8:00 A.M. and go ALL DAY LONG. I don’t do a lot compared to the girls, but I am still worn out at the end of the day. I can only imagine how they feel after having played four or five games! It blows my mind that I used to do this when I was younger! Ha! Anyway, after a couple of games on Friday night and then having games all day on Saturday, it is really hard for me to get up to come to church because I am so tired. However, have you noticed on those days when you don’t want to go, but you go anyway, God gives you the biggest blessing?? It ends up being completely worth it!!
This seems to happen to me every time I don’t want to do something, but do it anyway. Kinda like working out. On those days that I have no desire to go but decide to go anyway, I end up having the best work out and I feel so good afterwards. Or maybe I go to some social event that I really didn’t want to go to, I end up going and have the best time. Same with church! And a lot of times when I go and don’t feel like it, the message will be about what I am dealing with at the time, or it will be the exact thing that I need to hear. It’s great!! Maybe it’s just me, but in hindsight, I kind of feel like that is God saying, I see you! He says, “look, I know you’re worn out and so tired but thank you for coming to my house today, and I’m proud of you.” That’s what I like to think anyway! He knows your heart and He sees you when you’re trying.
There have been times though, when I actually have skipped church after a long weekend. Can I tell you that I do not like the feeling afterwards either. I’m not talking about vacation. I am talking about being at home and not going to church because you didn’t feel like it that morning. You would probably assume it is the guilt talking, but it’s not. I feel sort of empty. Almost like I skipped out on my best friend or something. And…in a way, I did. Jesus is my God, and ultimately, He is my best friend. My friends and I talk about this sometimes. We don’t like missing Sunday mornings and we hate to miss choir practice on Wednesday nights. Choir is our mid-week “pick-me-up”. We love going to choir practice, and when we miss it, it really does effect the rest of our week! And the same goes for Sunday mornings. Sundays are the beginning of the week and missing it is kind of like taking the wind out of your sails a little bit.
So, next time you feel like skipping out on church, I encourage you to go anyway! Just try it, and I think you will be surprised how God will speak to your heart!
Happy Monday!! 🙂