“Do we have to go to church today?” This statement was never spoken in my house growing up that I can remember. Other people might have hated going to church, but not our family. When I was growing up, we lived about thirty minutes from the church we attended. I can remember getting up early on Sunday morning; coming downstairs for breakfast; and hurrying to get back upstairs to get my church clothes on. You might ask, “Why?” My mother always put a stack of records (these are round plastic things that an arm with a needle would sit on and they played music) on the record player and we would have about an hour and a half of music on Sunday morning. I can remember sitting on the couch, singing along with our favorite singers until it was time to leave for church. We would then get into our car, and many days would sing all the way into church. Dad whistled because he wasn’t the best singer (although I’ve heard worse). I don’t want to paint an improper picture … there were times we argued on the way into church, but there were not many of these.
By the time we arrived at church, I was excited to hear what was going to be taught in my Sunday School class, in Junior church, or by my pastor. Today I read this verse from the Psalms: “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the LORD’” (Psalm 122:1). This verse has been my life’s story! I have been and am glad to go to the house of God still today! You see, our family was centered on the Word of God, and it was at the house of God that we learned from it every week! Our best friends were at church. Our fellowship and activities were all based there. When my friends in High School were planning for a beer party on the weekends, I was looking forward to a teen retreat, or activity, or opportunity for ministry.
I don’t think my parents had any idea that they were creating an enthusiasm for church in us, but they did a great job. I still love to go to the house of the Lord today. Do you have this same passion for your local church? If you don’t … put on some good music; sing in the car on the way there; memorize verses together; and get in a church that teaches clearly the Word of God! I think you will join in with the psalmist and me and say that you are glad to go to the house of the Lord!
“The secret of success of everyone who has been successful lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.” – Albert Gray