Mike sent the following story. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
“A young boy came to Sunday school late. His teacher knew that he was usually very prompt and asked him if anything was wrong.
The boy replied that he was going to go fishing, but his dad told him that he needed to go to church.
The teacher was very impressed and asked the boy if his dad had explained to him why it was more important to go to church than to go fishing, to which the boy replied, “Yes, Dad said he didn’t have enough bait for both of us.”
This got me thinking.
Because of COVID-19, churches across the world sat empty on Sunday mornings. Masks and other PPE were a necessity as we waited for a vaccine. We were unable to gather in person and relied on technology to worship as a church family.
Now that many of us are vaccinated, the economy has opened up, and we are returning to some sense of normalcy, I see families at sporting events, people shopping, kids in school, and filled restaurants. But sadly, some who go to all these other events, say it is unsafe to attend church. And by their actions, they are teaching their children that coming together with other believers to give God thanks is their lowest priority. These sorts of messages stick and will be magnified by the next generation.
I am truly convinced, the most important thing parents can do for their children is raise them to have a relationship with the One who will always be with them, see them through the good and bad of life, and bring them to their true home. A big part of this means bringing our children to church.
The wisest of all people said, “Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 CEB)
I believe Solomon was right.
So, if you’ve been putting off coming back to church but doing everything else, it’s time to return to your faith family.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, open my eyes so I am able to see what matters most. Guide my thoughts, words, and actions. Let me live a life that brings you joy. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Sunday is coming. I cannot wait to see you.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.