Recently my daughter’s teacher asked me if we go to church?
My son and daughter attend a private Christian School, and I wondered hesitantly if she was asking because one of them had done something wrong.
But then I thought, I do go to church everday.
Every morning when I wake up and thank God for another day; and I pray that I will be a good person and do the best I can to do His will. I also pray that I’ll win the lotto, AND promise to share the winnings.
Every time someone asks me for help or advice, and I can sit, listen and we work together to find a solution.
[1 Corinthians 14:26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.]
When my dad tells me stories about his past experiences, situations he faced, and how God helped him get through when he was certain failure was at hand.
When I give money to the homeless lady, not knowing where the money will go, but certain that’s as far as my job goes.
Every time I go over the homework with my kids; when they happily recite their weekly bible verse from memory; when we read; when I watch them play together or help each other out; when they pick up their room. That last one happens… sometimes. Besides, cleanliness is next to Godliness… Isn’t that one of the commandments?
When I lay down with each of my three kids at night and pray with them.
[Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.]
My youngest doesn’t really know what she’s doing, but she puts her hands together and says thank you for everything from Mom and Dad, to pollitos and papitas.
When my family gets together on saturday nights, despite our differences of opinions and lifestyles. Family always comes first, THEN cigars, whiskey and pork rinds.
When I lay down in my bed at the end of a long day and pray for family, friends, work (Please less work); when I give thanks for all I that I have; when I look up a verse on my bible app, or read a short devotional.
There’s an app for everything! iChurch? J/K O_o
Without a doubt going to church has its merits. It reinforces what you believe, reminds you to practice good habits. At times, the message speaks to you, like it was specifically tailored to your struggles that week.
But if you listen, God is speaking to you all day long, through the people and situations you endure, at work, at school, at home, even in your dreams; in every opportunity that you are given to be like Him.
I guess I could make time to go to church, but I don’t want to dedicate just one day, morning or afternoon to be open to God’s message.
Rather than go into that long explanation, and fearing the awkward silence had already lasted longer than a second, I replied, “No, we don’t go to church.”
“Really? I thought most certainly that you did. Your daughter is so sweet, and the way she talks about God, I just can’t believe it. She is just such a sweet little girl, and a joy to teach. You are obviously doing a good job.”
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.]
I gave myself a good ol’ pat on the back and thanked her.