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Let’s see by a show of hands: how many of us have fought on the way to church Sunday morning? Come on, get them up.
I admit, the one day of the week I’m allowed to be a super Christian is the day I tend to have the least control over my attitude and tongue. It’s not so bad now that the kids are older and I don’t have to be totally responsible for dressing and feeding them before we go. Now I just stand at the back door, trusty Bible in hand (thoroughly dog-earred and underlined, mind you), tapping my foot and wondering why NO ONE in this house can keep a better handle on the time.
Do you ever wonder why tensions flare on a morning we’re supposed to be the epitome of godly love and faith in action? I hadn’t really thought about it until the other day when it was brought up in church.
Who’s the one person who doesn’t want to see us spending the morning in God’s house? Who, especially, doesn’t want to see us purposely showing our children enthusiasm for worship and God’s Word being preached?
If Satan could do anything to throw a monkey wrench in our enthusiasm for coming together with God’s people, wouldn’t tension in the household as we get ready to leave be the perfect ploy?
Okay, so here’s what we do. We throw the monkey wrench back in his face. Nothing new here, just a renewed focus and a kick in the pants.
We get up a little bit earlier. Fifteen minutes may make all the difference in the world. Of course, if we’re staying up late Saturday night, that’s going to make getting up early on Sunday morning a tad bit difficult. Start that movie marathon earlier in the evening so you all get the rest you need.
We take care of what we can the night before. Standing in the closet, arms folded in front of you, staring at the same clothes and hoping some of them magically come together as an outfit is a terrible time waster. Get baths and showers out of the way before the movie marathon starts, lay your Bibles out, write the check for the tithe, and put out the cereal, bowls and spoons the night before. Lay your clothes out and DON’T CHANGE YOUR MIND a half dozen times. Nobody really cares what we look like in church, just that we’re there.
Put on praise music Sunday morning. Nothing better to help set the mood and tone before going to church. Dancing and humming allowed.
Play a game in the car on the way to church. Ask the question, “If you were a cookie, what would you be and why?” My oldest son did this one morning. He asked, “If you were any of the Hostess snacks, what would you be?” In record time someone answered from the back seat, “You’d be a Ding Dong.” We were laughing hysterically by the time we arrived at church. Great way to start worship.
Promote the idea with your children that we get to go to church, not that we have to go to church. Attending church isn’t an obligation we fulfill because we’re Christians, it’s the party we get to go to because we celebrate a risen Savior. Who would want to miss out on worship, learning more about our great God, fellowshipping with like-minded friends and occasionally breaking bread (or an awesome casserole) with fellow believers? That’s the attitude that needs to be consistently demonstrated to our children.
Tension between family members on Sunday morning will be much less if you practice these basic principles. It’s hard for Satan to get a foothold in your door if you’re all smiling on the way out.
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