Me and my siblings all suffered from the same childhood issue…we all had a “drug” problem. Our parents “drug” us to church three times a week. Every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night we were in church services without fail. The only time we weren’t “drug” to church was when it had rained incessantly and flooded the road below our house which made it impossible to reach our destination. I have to admit there were times I didn’t want to go. We lived so far out in the sticks that an hour school bus ride at the end of the day pretty much did me in. Sometimes the last thing I wanted to do was to occupy the back seat of my parents Plymouth station wagon and head back into town. I’m sure dad was weary after a long day of work as well. He too had a long drive home at the end of the day. And, yet, without fail, we all piled in the car and headed back to town every Wednesday evening. There were times on Sunday when an “all-important” football game was on television. I knew better than to beg dad to let us miss church “just this once” to watch the end of the game. The television was switched off and we piled back in the station wagon each Sunday evening to head back to Clarksburg. I don’t’ share that story with you so you’ll feel sorry for me and my siblings and our “drug” problem. I share that story with you because of the importance of regularly meeting with the saints. There are those who have little problem attending Sunday morning, but see little need for meeting again that evening or mid-week. I know it’s getting dark earlier. I know that after you come home from a long day of work the last thing on your mind is dragging your family back into town, but, honestly I wouldn’t trade my childhood for anything. The reason I wouldn’t trade my childhood for anything is because all those times my parents dragged me to church I learned just a little more of who my God is. It helped me to appreciate the importance of meeting regularly with the saints and it embedded the love of God deep within my heart. There’s no guarantee that your children will be faithful to the Lord if you drag them to services three times a week, but I can assure you they’ll have a much better chance of fidelity to God than if you don’t!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.