Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Living the Chrisitan life and walking the prescribed Christian walk is not always an easy task. It's a responsiblity that requires reaching down inside for more. Getting 'outside of yourself' ' if you will.
I was blessed to attend a church service for our Annual Men and Women's Day this past Sunday afternoon.
Like a lot of 'regular' guys, I like to watch football on Sunday's, play golf, relax at the house, etc. But several years ago, my wife and I both made the committment to train up our children in the Word of God. We wanted them to have a strong foundation in the Word and how it prescribes us to live our lives. And part of that is attending a regular worship service and Bible study, being part of a worship community.
We attend a relatively small Baptist church in the hood, that we both grew up in and we're raising our children in.
As the Word directs, it's not just about attending, its really all about serving.
We all have ministries in our church that we are active servants in.
Sunday School teaching, Praise Dance directing, choir, usherboard, drill team, Brotherhood, Young Women's Ministry...there's plenty of work to do for the Lord.
It requires a committment. It requires a sacrifice of time, energy and finances.
I write this as a person who grew up literally HATING going to church. BOOOOOOO!!
I never liked having to dress up, I never liked having to sit still and be quiet, I never liked listening to some boring sermon or deacon or busybody sister that just wants to get up and run their mouth without really saying anything.
And truth be told..I STILL don't like most of that stuff.
But I made the committment because I came to the realization of how much God has really done for me.
I would be wrong and ungrateful if I didn't put any time into His service.
I still get a lot of flak from my literary endeavours.
But I got up, changed clothes and headed out because I knew the Lord required it of me...especially since they had me on program! (laughing)
"Excuse me...brother Washington?"
"Yes sir. How can I help you?"
But instead of freaking out, I've learned to see these opportunities as God's way of offering a blessing..for me and for others.